Question I’m evaluating a landscape contractor who has a current contractor’s license. That’s all I should be concerned about, right?
Response It’s a common misconception that a contractor’s license relieves you, the homeowner, from liability should a worker get hurt while on your landscaping job. Unfortunately, that’s far from the truth. A contractor’s license only stipulates qualifications to perform certain work. It doesn’t mean the contractor has provided his workers all the necessary insurance as required by law.
Without workers comp and liability insurance, homeowners are often shocked to find themselves the target of lawsuits by injured workers.
When considering landscapers, be certain:
- Your contractor is actually the person named on the license.
- Workers comp and liability insurance are in place and both are current. Ask to see the documentation.
- Request references and contact them.
- Get a written estimate with timeline. (We will gladly evaluate your estimate at no charge and point out where a contractor could be cutting corners.)
As with any major construction project, solid due diligence always pays for itself. If I can answer any questions, please call me, Lebo, at (775) 827-LAWN.