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Licensed contractors in the USA
Become a Licensed Contractor in the USA
How to get started:
- Complete the licensing application for your state.
- Take the state licensing exam (covers legal, business, building codes and other knowledge areas).
- Pay mandatory license fees
- Post a bond,
- Purchase workman’s compensation and liability insurance
- Establish minimum working capital.
Why Become a Licensed Contractor?
Given the time and expense involved, individuals might wonder if they need to become a licensed contractor. There are many reasons to become a licensed general contractor or trade contractor:
- Competitive edge in marketplace = more clients
- Establish credibility instantly
- It's the law for projects over a certain minimum cost.
- Having insurance and bonding protects you as well as your clients.
- You can charge more!
Any client, whether commercial or residential, would want to know they are contracting with a trustworthy firm certified by the state, county or local jurisdiction. Many homeowner's insurance policies require that work be completed by a licensed contractor. Also, more homeowners are becoming smarter shoppers and no that even though it costs more, working with a licensed contractor is much less risky.
--ContractorTabby 19:27, 9 May 2013 (BST)
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