Things to Consider When Hiring a Contractor
Every state has different laws and requirements for contractors before they begin their job of building your dream home. A contractor in Idaho must be registered with the Idaho State Contractor’s Board and must be licensed through the Division of Building Safety.
All contractors in the state of Idaho must also have proof of liability insurance, unemployment insurance and worker’s compensation. Contractors also are required to pay Idaho sales or use tax on all materials for jobs and may not pass that tax onto their customer.
Before beginning a home improvement project with a contractor, you as the homeowner have the right to cancel any contract for that home improvement within 3 days of signing a contract. The contractor then will have up to 10 days to return any monies in which was paid to the canceled contract.
When you have hired your contractor and are ready to begin to build the house you’ve always wanted, the contractor must begin obtaining permits. Contractors have to attain permits for building or installing of: manufactured homes, HVAC, electrical and/or plumbing. Permits through the Division of Building Safety grant the permit holder (contractor) authorization for the specific installation or construction work for that given permit.
There are means for you to verify contractors are licensed and registered to perform the job that you hire for. First you will want to make sure they are registered with the Idaho State Contractor’s Board. You can go to the State of Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses where you can search specific contractors. There you can see if the contractor is current and also if any other public record comments are attached to that contractor. When you hire and begin building you can also verify that the contractor that you hired has the appropriate permits for your project. Again you can do this from home with an easy online search. You will need to go to the State of Idaho Division of Building Safety and search for what permits have been attained.
When it comes to hiring a contractor and trusting a company, whether it’s a small home town builder or larger corporation, there are many ways for you to be sure that you are hiring those who can best build what you imagine to be your home forever. One of the first (if not the very first) things you should consider doing, is to check out references. Browse their website, read testimonials, ask your friends and neighbors, and look at their work! These are all great ways to insure your home is built the way you envision it. And you might even find some new ideas that fit for you! Home building can be an exciting time in your life so make sure you do your own due diligence, you will thank yourself later on!