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Are you Licensed?

Updated: Jun 29, 2021

Are you a licensed contractor? This is the most common question potential customers ask of BR Contracting. The answer is not a simple yes or no. In Texas, HVAC, plumbers and electricians require licenses but general construction contractors can operate legally in Texas without a license.

Years ago, Texas general contractors could register with the Texas Residential Construction Commission (TRCC). The Austin based agency oversaw single family residential housing construction with a mission to promote quality work for Texas homeowners. BR Contracting was registered with TRCC but the agency disbanded in 2009.

With no oversight agency like TRCC and no general contract licensing requirements in Texas, homeowners must do their own due diligence when searching for a home repair company. If someone knocks on a door offering to replace the roof, and their vehicle has Florida license plates, it’s best to say, “No thank you.” (Or get a “no soliciting” sign.) Here are some tips for finding a reputable, high-quality contractor.

· Use a local company recommended by your community. Visit community Facebook groups, the Next-Door site and read online reviews. Ask for referrals from neighbors, friends and your insurance agent. Reputable companies don’t knock on doors soliciting business.

· Ask for a list of recent customers and call them. Check the BBB to see if the business has any complaints. Try to find a company with an A+ Rating.

· Try to get several bids and do not automatically choose the lowest bidder. Factor in quality and reputation when making your decision.

· Do not hire a contractor in a hurry. This may be hard when there is an emergency such as a flood or other damage, but taking the time to find the right contractor will save time and money in the long run.

· Get a written estimate that includes any discussion you had with the contractor about the repairs. Some companies charge for the estimate, so be sure to ask about that first. Ask for explanations for price variations.

· Always sign a contract before work begins. If you’re working with your insurance company, repairs can begin before the insurance adjustor comes out to review the damage, but a signed contract is required by insurance before the work starts.

Follow these suggestions and you’ll be happy with the results of your home project. Contact BR Contracting at . . . (link to connect)

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