24 Oct How Hiring an Unlicensed Plaster or Drywall Company Can Cost You
If you’re in the early stages of planning a construction project, you likely understand the importance of cost containment. Sure, you want to hire the best company for the job, but you also want to make sure you’re getting a fair price for the services you need.
If you’re looking for someone to help you with plastering or drywall installation, you may even be wondering if you really need to work with a licensed contractor.
The answer is 100% “yes.”
Below are just a few of the ways that working with an unlicensed contractor can cost you more in the long run.
Injuries are expensive
When you work with a licensed service provider they’ll be required to carry insurance. If an unlicensed worker gets injured while they’re on your property, you could be sued for costs related to pain, suffering and medical expenses.
You won’t be covered if they damage your home
If they accidentally cause damage to your home, you’ll probably have a hard time getting them to cover the repair. Several years ago, one of our clients told us a horror story about a neighbor who hired an unlicensed worker for a plastering job. When the worker was on her property he accidentally shattered a glass wall. The worker then disappeared, and she was stuck paying for the replacement.
There is no guarantee they won’t take your money and run
One of the most common complaints we’ve heard about unlicensed contractors is that they either pull a vanishing act after they collect their deposit, or they start a job and ghost before the job is done. When a company doesn’t have a physical address (or business license), trying to track them down so you can serve them with a small claims lawsuit can be next to impossible.
You won’t have a guarantee on the work
When you work with a commercial plastering company and/or drywall installation company, you’ll receive a warranty. Unlicensed workers generally don’t do this.
Yes, an unlicensed worker is likely to have the cheapest bid, but if you don’t work with a licensed and insured professional, the money you save on the front end could pale in comparison to what you may need to pay on the back end.
If you’re in the process of evaluating plastering contractors or you need a reputable company to help you with a drywall job, call Premier Plastering of SW Florida today at 239-348-9299.