You had some work done on your property. Something was damaged, or is not working as it should. Worse even, you paid a deposit and now the Contractor is MIA...
Unfortunately, we hear about these things happening all the time; so what can you do to best protect yourself when hiring a contractor? We'll tell you things to look out for and ways to verify a Contractor in 3 easy steps.
But first, why is it so important to find a licensed and insured contractor?
It is always important to work with a Licensed and Insured Contractor, or you could be left with sub-par work, costly repairs, and a lengthy civil battle as your only recourse. Don't fall victim to a fly-by-night Contractor!
How can you protect yourself?
1. Watch for red flags:
2. Is their business listed on the Colorado Secretary of State Business Database?
3. Search your local county Building Department website or call to ensure a Contractor is licensed to provide services in your area.
Each County has a Contractor List that is updated often to maintain the latest license information. A skilled trade contractor not listed with the county has not been approved to provide that service in the area. Skilled trades include Limited Excavation, Full Excavation/Grading (able to work in the Right-Of-Way), Concrete, Septic, Electrical, Plumbing, HVAC and the like. If not listed with the county, this is a big red flag as some of the trade skills require testing and references, as well as proof of insurance before being approved to work in the county.
As the homeowner, it is important to protect yourself and your property when selecting a qualified Contractor. The only way to FULLY vet a contractor is to follow ALL THREE of these steps and verify insurance. The county may show a contractor as active, but that contractor may not be in good standing with the state, or visa versa.
Do your research ahead of time to save in the long run and set yourself up for success on your next project!
By Casey Loftus
Peak DirtWorks, LLC
Peak DirtWorks is a fully licensed, insured, and bonded Colorado Limited Liability Company. View our credentials below:
-Secretary Of State
-Teller County Licensing
-Park County Licensing (Call 719-836-2771)
-Proof of Insurance available upon request.
Request more info at email@example.com or call (719) 445-7325