Have you had any work done in your home by a tradesman?
Maybe an electrician, plumber or HVAC?
Were they licensed and insured?
Do they have an actual business?
Are you sure you really know who was in your home?
Let me explain what I mean:
There are a lot of “companies” running around doing trade work for a “great price” so you think you are getting a “great deal” under the premise that they are a real business with licensed professionals doing or supervising the work. They are playing on our trusting nature. This is called professional trust.
For example, when you see a lady or gentleman in a nurse uniform in a hospital we assume and trust that they are a nurse. I mean why wouldn’t they be? When you see a person in a police officers uniform and they walking down the street it’s pretty safe to assume that they are a cop, right? Or even a tradesman coming to your home to perform highly skilled, highly technical work on arguably your largest investment, your safe place, your family home.
Sometimes things are not as they seem. Don’t misunderstand. Trusting is a good trait. Trust but verify.
Here are the rules:
All companies must carry a trades license for their trade to meet the requirements of the work they do.
All work should be performed by or supervised by the licensed professional at the company.
All companies must carry a business license. For the state of Georgia this license is issued out of the county or city in which the business is located.
How can you be sure the person or company you are hiring is who they say they are?
It is relatively easy and effortless. Click here to verify any company or individual on the secretary of State website.
You can search for a corporation or individual. It will tell you if they are licensed, what class license the hold, how long they have been licensed if their license is current and if any delinquency or disciplinary action has been taken.
How to know if the company is properly insured
You can simply ask the company to provide their certificate of insurance. If the company/contractor gets offended or evasive that’s a sign that you should dig a little more. There is no reason for the contractor to get offended by you asking for this. Secondly, make sure the insurance will cover you as a consumer in the event of a loss. For example, If you live in a $200,000 home, the contractor in one of the 3 major trades (HVAC, electrical, or plumbing) should carry a minimum of 1 million dollar policy. Also, make sure they carry a workers comp policy. This will protect you in the event one of their employees is injured while working in your home.
Now there are also lead generation companies out there exploiting the same trust. Claiming they background check and verify all of their contractors. Guess what? Not so much. They background check one employee and verify one license at best. This could allow a criminal in your home.
We spend a lot of our time fixing the issues caused by the work of these unlicensed/uninsured “tradesman”. Repairing these issues comes at an added cost to the consumer. In the long run, the job costs more than if you had hired a legitimate company. As licensed professionals, we spend a great deal of our time preparing for, studying, obtaining, and maintaining our licenses. In the state of Georgia, only 10% of people doing electrical work are actually licensed. As business owners, we spend a great deal of time and money building our business and making sure we have the proper licenses, insurances, and highly skilled employees to ensure you are getting what you pay for. We pride ourselves in all of this and strive to do the “BEST” job every time.
Now that you know how to select a professional for your home, ask yourself “Are you willing to take a chance on the too good to be true estimate?”. “With the to good to be true contractor?” Watch an episode of Holmes on homes. He paints a pretty good picture of what these “tradesman” can do