Requirements for a Residential Contractor License

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A residential contactor arranges with families or individuals to construct, renovate or demolish a residential structure. The residential contractor is the one in charge of any renovation or construction activity in a residential construction and signs the contract for the project. He may actually be one of the workers in the construction project, actively taking part in the various tasks in the construction.

The methods that are most applicable in a construction project are studied thoroughly by a residential contractor, taking note even of the materials that will be used in the project, particularly on the specifications arrayed in the contract documents. Residential contractors spend a lot of time preparing before the construction project even starts. An inordinate amount of time is spent preparing the contract documents with details that include the budget and cost of the project, studying the particular plans and specifications that an architect has prepared, and the general and special conditions of the construction project that need to be considered.

A residential contractor usually takes care of sourcing out the labor, materials and equipment that will be used in the project. Typically, all services necessary for construction like getting a master electrician or a low voltage contractor are arranged by him. He takes care of getting a builder’s license and other permits necessary for the construction. He is able to do all this since he usually gets a subcontractor to do part of the work. Subcontractors are people or companies that specialize in specific tasks or type of work.

Most states have particular requirements for a residential contractor’s license. Usually, part of the licensing requirements is an oral and written exam. The National Association of State Contractor Licensing Agencies Association (NASCLA) has a list of requirements for all types of contractor licenses, including residential contractor license, for almost every state. This association is composed of states that have laws regarding contractor’s registration and assist member states in promoting better safety regulations for all the people concerned. You can check the database for a list of licensed contractors in every state. Generally, residential contractors become members of the NASCLA to be updated with the current trends in the contracting business and to have a forum for raising any concerns or problems they may be facing with laws and regulations as residential contractors.

Each state has certain laws defining the scope and function of contractors. These state that those who contract and negotiate for the price of a contract and those who supervise and manage the schedule and phasing of the project are deemed contractors. In addition to this, contactors may also be those who take charge of repairing or altering, installing, improving, demolishing and moving structures, and sourcing the labor force that will do the work.

Residential contractors are only one of many kinds of contractors in the business. There are commercial building contractors and electrical contractors. There are also plumbing contractors and those who contract projects arranging for public structures like highways and bridges. There are even contractors who take charge of correcting environmental problems. Contractors are careful to follow particular laws and statutes in each state to avoid lawsuits and such which can extend the project schedule or may even cancel the project.


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