WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CONTRACTORS?
The difference is literally apples and oranges. DOPR better knows as the department of occupational and professional regulations issues contractor licenses among others and the distinctions of License/Class, Specialties and Trades is one worth knowing going into your renovation project. Begining with Class, the license class places restrictions on the size of contracts /projects that may be performed by the contractor. Basically you have Class A, B , and C. A class C contractor can handle projects up to $10,000.00 per project and up to a grand total of $150,000.00 per year. Class B contractors are permitted to enter in to contracts valued upto $120,000.00 per project not to exceed $750,000.00 per year. Class A contractors do not have monetary limits and are along with class B contractors required to take a construction finance class and pass a state issued examination. Having contractors working within their class is so important it is considered is misdemeanor to work outside of your class, read on to learn why.
When it comes to specialties there are a lot, painting, roofing, concrete, masonry, home improvement... and many times what happens is that a contractor is qualified in one specialty and due to lack of work in that area he/she will misuse his license by working a perhaps busier specialty. This causes a problem for unsuspecting home owners because if the contractor happens to cause damage to your home while working on it the insurance provider covering the contractor will not pay for such damages because the contractor is not licensed to work in that specialty leaving the home owner in sometimes very devastating situations.
Lastly you have the trades, electrical, plumbing, mechanical to name a few. These guys or gals are schooled and rigorously trained to perform their trades and hiring one typically comes at a noticeable cost. You DO NOT want to hire a non license trades person to work on your project as it opens a big door to very significant problems. For example hiring a handy man to connect something as simple as a GFCI outlet, well improperly installed the outlet itself will not do its job exposing you to significant hazards such as fires or damaged electronics.
Many of the problems that have come up with home owners loosing large sums of monies arise from unknowing ly hiring a contractor working outside his class or that is not qualified to do the projects and therefore miscalculate cost and sometimes is just simply ignorant to how to do the job right and or ends up walking away from the project. Knowing such fundamental information can help you make a better decision when hiring a contractor.
By far the most important thing that separates LLugo LLC from most licensed contractors is not that we are Class A contractors but that we hold Class “A” RBC/CBC licenses allowing us to act as prime contractors a privilege that no other specialty or trades has and only comes only after passing multiple very rigorous state issued examinations. As prime contractors we are licensed to contract directly with the home owner for any specialty or trade work you may need which is a huge convenience. This allows you to have 1 competent person managing your project. And because we ourselves do the majority of the work the financial impact on your project is minimal.
DID YOU KNOW...
LLugo LLC is a Lead Safe Certified Firm specially trained to handle renovations in homes built pre- 1978. Most home owners are not aware of the hazards associated with disturbing drywall in homes were lead based paint is know to have likely existed. In Virginia, Maryland and DC being lead certified is required by law yet may contractors are not certified further exposing the customer and their children to irreversible heath hazards. The EPA is so concerned about this that it has implemented an up to $32,500.00 fine, per day, that a contractor has worked outside of its guidelines. Please click on the link to learn more about the rrp rule.