Even after nine years in the business, there’s room to learn something new.
For most repair requests, I have recommended to my clients one of a couple of licensed contractors with whom I’ve done business in the past. This never has been an issue, until the past few days when it was and for one simple reason – not all contractor licenses are alike.
Your average handyman, for instance, may be licensed for what the Arizona Registrar of Contractors calls “minor household repairs” but not necessarily to handle electrical, plumbing and heating/cooling issues, even though they may know how to fix those as well.
A debate arose on a property I have listed regarding the licensing of our handyman; it only turned out to be an issue because the buyers, in the Buyers Inspection Notice, specified the type of contractor they wanted used. (A seller can offer to make the repairs to the standard required by the state – a repair in a workmanlike fashion – but it tends to raise more questions than it’s worth.)
By state law, incidentally, a contractor’s license is only required on repairs of more than $1,000. Just another wrinkle there.
To check your own contractor’s licensing, visit the Arizona Registrar of Contractors here.