I sleep with my contractor… - Posted by Tim Fierro (Tacoma, WA)
Posted by Tim Fierro (Tacoma, WA) on July 25, 2003 at 21:20:45:
It may also be a state specific requirement for what is needed to be a licensed contractor. Here, in WA, you can pay the fee and have a bond, and poof, you are a general contractor. No test needed, no certification, no skills have to be demonstrated. My wife’s friend got her license without knowing how to do anything, my neighbor got his license and doesn’t use it.
So check the state to see what the requirements are.
My wife has been in a 2 year carpenter’s course; finished her 1st year yesterday, and will be all set to tackle any project that comes her way. She will get her license at that point, but more importantly; will have the skill sets to actually perform the duties. She just got notified last night that she is being awarded a scholarship from the local Master Builder’s Association. They will be presenting the scholarship to her on Tuesday night in front of home plate at the local minor league baseball game. I am very proud of my little woman.
One thing you may want to consider is go ahead and start the contracting business, then hire competent people in the roles to do the work. You may not have to be licensed to ‘own’ a construction company, but your workers may have to be licensed by your state and maybe even have a ‘general’ on site. Locally, there was something going around that insurance companies were looking into making it mandatory for a ‘general’ to be on site for construction jobs. Don’t know the end result.