• On August 21, 2012 ·

A successful construction project requires professional planning and execution. If you want to build or renovate your home, you need a licensed and insured general contractor to orchestrate every aspect of the project. Professional contractors undergo an extensive process to obtain their credentials. To obtain a license, the candidate must have at least four years of work experience in the construction industry and pass an examination. The law also requires that the applicant obtain liability and bond insurance.

These measures ensure that the general contractor that you hire to oversee your project has the necessary training, skills and insurance to handle the job. Licensed contractors must have a working knowledge of building methods and appropriate materials. This expertise is essential for estimating costs, establishing budgets and complying with building codes and safety regulations. A professional contractor understands what is required to obtain licenses and permits. This prevents frustrating and expensive project delays. The training also prepares your contractor for the task of hiring and supervising electricians, plumbers, stonemasons and other tradesmen. This ensures that your project is completed on time and within your budget.

A general contractor’s credentials indicate that the individual is a professional with the proper training. It also means that contractor has workers’ compensation, personal liability and property damage insurance. This may not apply to the person who knocks on your door looking for work. You should ask for references and the location of any ongoing projects. This will allow you to view past and current work.

Hiring unlicensed contractors can cause major problems if something goes wrong and they do not have insurance to cover the expenses. One potential scenario is that the contractor is injured while working on your property. The contractor could sue you or file a claim against your homeowner’s insurance. When a dispute arises, you cannot contact the licensing board for assistance if you use an unlicensed contractor. You can avoid these problems by hiring a licensed and bonded general contractor.

Training, insurance protection and dispute resolution are all benefits of working with licensed professionals. If you live in Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel, Gilroy or San Jose, Call Bakker Construction for a quote on your next project.

Shawn Bakker
President
Bakker Construction
Proudly serving Monterey and Carmel to San Jose, CA