In a report released in July, L.A. authorities caught several unlicensed contractors performing work in homes they were not legally lisenced to perform in an undercover operation. Prior to being arrested, these contractors were working on various projects, which included construction of block walls and installing laminate flooring. This piece of news is a warning to all those who are looking to have their homes or commercial spaces renovated. It may be tempting to go the cheap route, but we have seen and heard the horror stories from homeowners. We are sharing this article to encourage you to chose a licensed contractors because there are numerous risks involved in working with unlicensed contractors.
But why is it so important to choose a licensed contractor in L.A.? According to authorities, there’s a big difference between the output of licensed contractors and those who are not licensed. If you’re having work done, naturally, licensed contractors comply with industry standards, so you can be sure that everything is built to code and safe to use.
Another issue with unlicensed contractors is the way they charge their clients. Since they are operating with no consideration to the established rules or policies of the industry, it’s highly likely that they will have questionable rates for the work they do. The fact that that they are operating a business which they are not allowed to means that literally every aspect of their services is all about serving their advantage, and not the clients. Most of the time, they confuse their clients with “technical jargon” so they can charge more. This will not be your experience with licensed contractors.
One issue that the report stated about the unlicensed contractors caught was that some of them stole from their clients. Since it’s often hard to track them down given their shady background, most of them have no issue committing other petty crimes such as nicking items from the homes they work on.
Lastly, there’s also the danger of spending so much on equipment and supplies, only to have the work halted because the contractors either got caught or went MIA because they needed to flee and avoid jail time.
All these are great hassles that you certainly do not need. The last thing you want when you’re tackling an important construction project is to deal with questionable characters that are all about one-upping their clients. You can lose a large amount of money and waste so much time on something that either will not get completed, or will be completed, but not according to the standards you require.
You truly have only one solution to go with here, and that is to seek licensed contractors who are not only highly experienced but also committed to upholding their good reputation by delivering the best work quality output.