Reasons to Use a Licensed Contractor for Your Remodel

November 3, 2020

When it is time for a new kitchen or bathroom design, where do you turn to make sure your project is designed and implemented to the highest standards? While it is possible to manage your own project, remember a full remodeling job is a complex endeavor that is an investment in your home and quality of life.

It requires design planning, budgeting, a wide range of skills, extensive materials selection and acquisition, and detailed project management to see the project through to completion.  You shouldn’t trust your home to just anyone, so take great care when selecting a partner for your remodeling job. For a full-scale remodel, your best option is to work with a full-service design and remodeling firm that is also a licensed contractor, like Haile Kitchen & Bath.

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Why is this important? A design/build firm can take you from design concept to completion, and help you achieve your design goals on time and within budget.  Working with a design and remodeling firm that is also a licensed contractor means your project is in experienced, reputable hands.  Learn more about what it means to be a licensed contractor and the benefits of working with one on your new bathroom or kitchen remodel.

What does it mean to be licensed?

The licensed contractor brings experience and knowledge gained through years working in the industry combined with proper training. They have passed the appropriate tests to gain licenses and permits. They are required by law to offer liability insurance, which protects you and your home during the renovation process, including protection from personal and bodily injury as well as property damage during the renovation. They also have the appropriate workman’s compensation coverage, without which you as the homeowner can be at risk for paying medical bills for any subcontractors who are injured on the job.

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In Florida, licensed contractors are required to display their license number on any advertising, business cards, official vehicles, and more. This is a simple way for you to check that your chosen contractor has the required license.

So, why should you choose to work with a licensed contractor? Here are five key benefits to consider.

They understand all the requirements.

By hiring a licensed contractor, you bring on an expert who understands all local and federal government requirements. They handle permits, schedule inspections, and make sure everything happens in a timely manner to meet your remodeling project timeline. A reputable licensed contractor will require that all permits be pulled for your protection and that all work be inspected according to the law. Even jobs like installing a new shower or adding or moving electrics or plumbing require permits. Make sure you work with a reputable licensed contractor who will guide you through this process and take care of all permit requirements.

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They follow set processes.

By following a set process, experienced licensed contractors plan carefully before starting work, follow an established process for the duration of the project, and communicate every step of the way with the homeowner. They set out a clear timeline for the project and update you as soon as any changes occur. By doing so, your licensed contractor makes sure that the project is completed on time and according to an agreed budget. Even when issues arise, the experienced licensed contractor is your go-to person who takes control of the situation and makes sure everything is resolved and the project is completed.

They provide accurate pricing.

An experienced contractor understands all elements of a complex remodeling job, including all the costs that go into a project. They can provide multiple options for products and materials that allow you to make informed choices and influence your budget. This transparent budget process means there are fewer surprises, and you get to take full control of your final costs.

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They produce a better result.

Licensed remodeling contractors bring their skills and experience to your job, resulting in a higher-quality finished product. This is particularly important in a complex project like a kitchen or bathroom remodel where you get what you pay for, both in terms of materials and craftsmanship. Some small jobs may be feasible to do as a DIY project or with the help of a handyman, but when it comes to a full-scale remodel, a licensed contractor brings the capability to handle everything from construction to electrical and plumbing requirements, all to the highest standards.

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They have the resources and connections.

The licensed contractor brings a team of experts to your project, along with a wealth of knowledge and expertise. Professional contractors have established working relationships with sub-contractors, material suppliers, and everything else required to complete your job.  This not only means you get a quality finished product, but you do so without having to search around for an electrician or a gas installer you can trust. You also hand over responsibility for scheduling their availability to match your project timelines, saving you a potential headache and delays to your project completion date.

If you are ready to kick start your remodeling plans, contact the Haile Kitchen & Bath team to discuss your kitchen design ideas and bathroom remodeling plans. You’ll find more inspiring ideas in our kitchen and bathroom design galleries.