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While hiring an unlicensed contractor could be cheaper upfront now, it could lead you to pay more than what you bargained for in the future.

Finding Licensed and Experienced San Jose General Contractors

People are busy, and money is hard to earn. Because of this, it is hard to blame them for wanting the easy way out, even when completing home repairs or home improvement projects. So for the sake of convenience and savings, some homeowners still hire unlicensed contractors.


To be fair, it may not always be the case. Sometimes, homeowners may be unaware of the risks involved in hiring unlicensed general contractors. Therefore in this article, we will explain what those risks are.

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The Risks of Hiring Unlicensed Contractors

1. Increased homeowner liability.

This perhaps is the most pressing concern homeowners should be worried about. An unlicensed contractor does not carry liability insurance or what is often referred to as Workers’ Compensation.

Workers’ Compensation is business insurance that covers the payment for medical bills in case of work-related accidents. In addition, it allows employees to secure wage replacements for the duration that they cannot work while recuperating from the injuries they sustained.

To put things simply, in case of accidents, homeowners will be held liable. This also means the homeowner must pay for the unlicensed contractor’s medical costs.

Otherwise, they can sue because, technically, they are considered employees of the homeowner. Such a thing will not happen when you only hire licensed and insured San Jose general contractors.

Homeowners cannot force an unlicensed contractor to be liable for damages.

Suppose the unlicensed contractor did a poor job, leading to damages. In that case, the unlicensed contractor still cannot be made accountable. In other words, homeowners need to pay again to get the job done right.

But can the homeowner sue the unlicensed contractor for their shoddy work?

Yes, they can. However, hiring an unlicensed contractor makes you void your home insurance policy.

Allowing an unlicensed contractor would diminish your home’s market value.

While hiring a licensed contractor does not guarantee better work, it cannot significantly hurt your property’s value. If the licensed contractor does an excellent job, they can even increase your home’s resale value should you decide to sell.

In California, any project valued over $500 for materials and labor requires permits. Unlicensed contractors cannot secure such permits. They cannot even have their work inspected.

This is a problem when you decide to sell your house in the future. You have to disclose information about repairs or remodels done in the property to buyers.

How to Find Licensed and Insured Contractors

Taking the word of someone who “knows a guy” is not the best way to find licensed and insured contractors. Instead, homeowners should do the following:

  • Visit the official website of CSLB to find a licensed contractor or check the status (it should be active) of a contractor’s license.
  • Ask for the contractor’s insurance agent and confirm that they carry valid (not expired) insurance.

The only advantage of hiring unlicensed contractors is that they are cheaper. But however tempting it may be to go the easy way, avoid costly and dangerous risks. Connect with licensed, insured, and bonded San Jose General Contractors.

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