This is truley a Consumer Protectioin bill. Requiring licenses and insuring contractors are bonded can aid consumers in selecting a qualified builder.
BEWARE OF NON-LICENSED BUILDERS OR REMODELERS
There are State Laws, which mandate Commerical building and remodeling as well as a State Law which mandates the licensing of residential home builders and remodelers. The consumer need protection, since a new business and/or home are the most important investments a person will make in his/her lifetime.
State Law requires any builder or superintendent to have a residential builder license if the home is in excess of $50,000 or any person engaging in remodeling in excess of $10,000 to have a residential builders or remodelers license. State Law requires any person engaging in commercial construction or construction management in excess of $100,000 privately funded or $50,000 publicly funded to obtain a Certificate of Responsibility.
Beware when your builder tells you he/she does not need a license as long as you pull the permit. This makes you the general contractor and, as such, responsible and personally liable for accidents on the job. If a person is injured while working on your home, you will not only be sued but will most likely lose. In short, professional and responsible builders and remodelers are licensed both in the municipality they are working as well as with the State. Also, make sure your contractor carries liability insurance because most homeowner’s policies will not cover construction work.
PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR PROPERTY!
State licensing is available through the State Board of Contractors. You may obtain a State license or see if your contractor is licensed by the State, contacting the State Board at (601) 354-6161 or (800) 880-6161. The State Board has a searchable web site located at www.msboc.us.