3 Reasons to Hire a Licensed Contractor

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Hiring a contractor is serious business, and while we at Mr. Fix It of Sierra Vista understand that our customers want to save money, we also want you to be safe and protected during home renovations and repairs. Ensuring your contractor is properly licensed in Arizona will cover you from liabilities and give you recourse in case your contractor doesn’t hold up their end of the negotiated contract.

1. They are competent construction contractors.

The licensing process ensures the quality of the contractors by testing their basic competency, as well as screening out dishonest people who are likely to scam you. Also, contractors like Mr. Fix It work systematically, ensuring that you have a solid plan and communication until your home repair or renovation is complete.

2. They are insured for your protection and theirs.

A licensed contractor will carry liability insurance to protect you, your family and your home. This kind of insurance protects from bodily injury and property damage that can occur during a project.

3. They meet all city, state and federal government requirements.

A licensed contractor understands all the requirements set by the city council, state and federal governments. When you work with a contractor like Mr. Fix It, we will get all the required permits, schedule all the inspections to ensure that your home meets all quality and safety requirements.

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It's in your best interest to do your due diligence when it comes to repairs and renovations to your home. Especially when the money you think you're saving might end up being extra money you have to spend when the unlicensed contractor walks off your job. Even if you successfully take them to court, most offenders take their time paying back restitution, and under Arizona law:

Illegal contracting is a misdemeanor with a maximum $2,500 fine no matter how many previous convictions someone has.

Read more about some of the worst offenders here. Wonder if your contractor has any unlicensed violations? You should look them up on the Unlicensed Violators List.

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Hiring a licensed contracting professional offers many additional protections to the property owner, especially regarding residential property. First, a contractor cannot obtain a license without possessing a minimum amount of experience and must pass a business management test. The applicant is also subjected to a criminal history background check, may be required to take a trade examination, and must not have any unresolved contracting complaints outstanding.

Should you experience problems with a licensed contractor, you as a residential property owner have significant protections not available to persons utilizing an unlicensed entity. Among them, is the ability to file a complaint against the contractor's license within a two-year period from the date of occupancy or date the last work was performed. This is the Agency's jurisdiction period should the workmanship be below standard or in violation of existing codes.

Arizona Registrar of Contractors

Check out your contractor’s license record here. Feel free to look us up, too!

Mr. Fix It is licensed, bonded and insured.

Call us today for a FREE ESTIMATE today!

ROC #'s 315572, 315573, and 315574

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