What is the difference between a licensed and non-licensed contractor?
The difference between a licensed and non-licensed contractor is a city or county license. In order to obtain a license in St. Louis County, the license holder must have 7500 hours in the field and have passed the mechanical licensing test. The license holder must continue education throughout the license period if they plan to renew their license. The city and county also make sure that the contractor is insured and bonded. The proper documentation is requested yearly.
A non-licensed contractor does not have a license and is not recognized by the city or county as a contractor. A non-licensed contractor does not have the ability to pull a permit for any of the work that they perform. There is no guarantee that they are insured or bonded either.
We recommend verifying that your contractor is licensed and pulling a permit for the work performed in your home. When a permit is pulled, an inspector will be called to inspect the work, which is great protection for you. This will ensure that you received the job you paid for and prevent any dangerous issues caused by negligence.