Avoid Hiring Licensed Contractors Who Don't Know What They're Doing
One of the worst things that could happen to any
homeowner or anyone who hires a licensed contractor is to find one that
doesn't really know what they're doing. You would think that they would,
since the state that they live in, gave them a contractor's license, but
this isn't the case all of the time.
When I took my contractors license test in 1986, I looked around the room and it didn't take me long to figure out that there were a few people in the room, that didn't belong there. During lunch break, I decided to talk to a couple of them and ask them, what they did for a living and what they were planning on doing with their new contractor’s license after they received it.
The two people that I talked to were in the real estate business and they wanted their general contractor’s license, just in case someone wanted to build a house. They could help their prospective clients, even though they knew very little about building a house.
There are plenty of contractors out there today, that might not be qualified to make the repairs, remodel the homes or even qualify to build brand-new houses. I should know, because I am the one who needs to fix their problems in the future. I am the person that the homeowners usually call, when they're tired of hiring these so-called professionals, who normally do unsatisfactory work.
One of the best ways to avoid hiring unqualified licensed contractors would be to ask them some simple questions about your project or how many years of experience do they actually have doing this particular project. If you don't feel comfortable with their responses, you should contact another contractor.
The last thing that you're going to want to do is hire a contractor and pay them for work that will need to be re-done in the future, because it wasn't done right the first time.