Without a doubt, remodeling, repairs, or replacement of concrete, retaining walls, siding & gutters, or just exterior painting in a commercial setting is not a job to take lightly.
Before you call to get estimates, consider this; Georgia now has, under the Secretary of State, a State Licensing Board for Residential and General Contractors (see O.C.G.A. Sections 43-41-1 through 43-41-17).
In truth, you have the option to hire a licensed or unlicensed contractor to do the work on your building. Before you decide, consider the points below:
Licensed and Insured Contractors have met specific industry standards to acquire their license and must maintain those licenses with yearly continuing education and other criteria. This commitment shows they will not cut corners when it comes to your construction project.
However, an unlicensed contractor may give you the same assurances. But, some of the risks that are involved with a contractor that is not licensed include the inability to get the proper permits. Not having the proper permits become a significant risk to you if the work is not up to the local building codes and could affect your insurance coverage if a claim was filed.
The biggest reason someone would choose an unlicensed contractor would be the price. You may save a few bucks, but have you considered the risk factors?
Firstly, if your contractor is unlicensed, they cannot obtain liability insurance and worker’s compensation because they are unlicensed! No coverage may mean that you will be held liable if an employee or third party is injured on your work site.
You must keep in mind that if you should hire an unlicensed contractor who then brings on subcontractors, it is you who is the general contractor. Again, no insurance makes you liable for any injury that occurs on the worksite.
Secondly – a licensed contractor in Georgia is bonded. What does a bond do? It acts as a guarantee that your contractor will perform the work to the specifications you each agreed to.
Balpates Construction group is both licensed and insured in Georgia and South Carolina, guaranteeing you the highest quality of work and protection.
Specializing in multi-family, commercial, and residential construction, renovation, and restoration, B.C.G. offers the ultimate solution for apartment/condo renovations, a full roof replacement, new siding, new gutters, and exterior painting. With a comprehensive background with managing larger-scale projects, B.C.G. is prepared to ensure that your project is completed on time and budget. Our experience in working with projects of all sizes is second to none, and our commitment to detail is what helps us stand out above the rest.