Why you should not hire Unlicensed Contractors

  1. Unlicensed contractors do not have the backing of the AZ Registrar of Contractors.
  2. If unlicensed contractors/handymen make a mistake and damage your property, you have no recourse besides a lawsuit to recoup the costs of repair.  If that unlicensed entity is under an LLC, they merely have to close their business and start a new one and continue working.
  3. Licensed Contractors with the AZROC HAVE to carry a bond.
  4. Licensed Contractors have to be insured against liability.
  5. The ROC fights for YOU, the property owner, to guarantee you will be made whole if a licensed entity does not do their due diligence.
  6. If a Licensed Contractor fails to complete, makes a severe mistake, or takes your money and runs, you are also guaranteed by the AZROC under the Recovery Fund that every licensed contractor has to pay into upon acquiring their license.  The AZROC will then go after that contractor to recoup the recovery fund, and they will not be able to legally work until it is paid back on your behalf.
  7. Since they are unlicensed, you, as the property owner, have no way to verify they have the skills to complete the task you have hired them for.

Lastly, just a thought:

Here are two license classifications, directly from http://www.azroc.gov for LICENSED HANDYMEN.  I will highlight the biggest issues.

R-61CARPENTRY, REMODELING AND REPAIRS  (This is more a carpenter’s license)

For projects of $50,000 or less including labor and materials, this classification allows the licensee to perform all general remodeling, additions, replacements, and repairs to existing structures.
Work related to electrical, plumbing, air conditioning systems, and boilers must be subcontracted to an appropriately licensed contractor.

R-62MINOR HOME IMPROVEMENTS

For projects of $5,000 or less including labor and materials, this classification allows the licensee to perform remodeling, repairs, and improvements to existing structures or appurtenances. The minor home improvement contractor shall not perform structural work to any existing structures or appurtenances, including load bearing masonry or concrete work (with the exception of on-grade flat work), and load bearing carpentry work (with the exception of patio or porch covers). Any work related to electrical, plumbing, air conditioning systems, and boilers must be subcontracted to an appropriately licensed contractor.

The R-62 is by far the MOST common. Take careful note of the bottom. Licensed Handymen are not allowed to work on Electrical, Plumbing, or HVAC.

Do you think an unlicensed Handyman has more right to work on those items than someone who paid for their license and bond?

Do your research before you hire! Use licensed, bonded, and insured contractors!

Jim Connors – Owner – White Tanks Mechanical, LLC

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