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Why Should You Choose A Licensed Contractor Over A Handyman?

Lets face it, no on wants to pay for a poorly done job. And once the job is done poorly, what are your options? Live with it or pay legal fees. Even then, there is no guarantee that you will have the issue resolved. Don't get scammed by unlicensed workers. Any contractor you do business with should be licensed, bonded, and insured. All three qualifications are very important to have in order to maintain trust and confidence in your contractor.

Licensing ensures that the contractor is properly qualified for the services you are hiring them to do. Contractors must be licensed to do any business over a certain dollar amount for different industries. Different licenses authorize a contractor to provide a variety of residential or commercial services. Contractors may have general licenses that authorize them to do some amounts of work under a certain dollar amount, or trade-specific licenses which require more in-depth knowledge of any particular trade, such as plumbing or electrical work.

It is also important for contractors to be bonded. A bond is a form of insurance that can protect customers from having to pay for unsatisfactory or unfinished service, lost or stolen property, materials, or employees’ pay that was not met by the contractor.

Contractors should also have both liability and workers’ compensation insurance.

  • Liability insurance covers property damage or injuries caused by the contractor’s work.

  • Workers’ compensation protects employees who could be injured on the job.

The Arizona Registrar of Contractors advises consumers to:

  • Check the ROC website to make sure the contractor is in good standing before any official agreements are made

  • Get everything in writing

  • Don’t feel pressured to make an agreement

  • Never pay-in-full with cash upfront

  • Only pay a reasonable down payment

  • Get references about the contractor from others

  • Get multiple estimates

Also, legitimate contractors should not behave in any of the following ways:

  • Solicit services door-to-door

  • Require cash payments

  • Require customers to accept leftover or used materials

  • Require full payments up front

Mr. Fix It of Sierra Vista, LLC is a licensed, bonded, and insured general contractor.

You can learn more about our company’s qualifications by clicking here. All of our work is also warrantied for two years from the date of completion.


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