Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
LARA offers tips for working with contractors
Media Contact: LARA Communications 517-373-9280
May 3, 2017 – If you’re planning to remodel or build this spring, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) offers some important tips that will help you avoid some costly mistakes.
"Before you have a home built or remodeled, ensure that you hire a reputable contractor that is properly licensed in the State of Michigan,” said Bureau of Professional Licensing Director Kim Gaedeke. “Ask to see a copy of their license, then verify the license by looking it up on the LARA website. Don’t assume that someone is licensed, it is always best to do your own research to verify licensure with the state. Verify a Builder/ Contractor License. Residential Builders and Maintenance and Alteration Contractors: An online license search is available at http://www.michigan.gov/licenselookup.
Electricians, plumbers and mechanical contractors are licensed by LARA's Bureau of Construction Codes and must have a license that corresponds to the work to be done. To verify license information, go to: https://aca3.accela.com/lara/.
Don’t pay for the entire job upfront. Customarily, one-third is paid in advance; one-third halfway through the job, and one-third upon completion. Make the final payment only when the job is completed, you have inspected and approved the work, the job site has been cleaned up, and the suppliers and subcontractors have been paid as evidenced by waivers of lien. Do not pay with cash. Pay by check or credit card.
Don’t forget your permit! Before starting a project, check with your local, county, or state building department to determine if your project requires a permit. A permit is the legal permission to start construction of a building project in accordance with approved drawings and specifications and ensures it meets minimum safety standards. Proper permits and inspections help guard against defective work. Property insurers may not cover defective work, so the value of the property could be affected and problems may arise when the property is sold if permits are not obtained.
Permits are required for:
Other important tips:
For more information, visit the Bureau of Professional Licensing website at http://www.michigan.gov/bpl or visit the Bureau of Construction Codes at https://aca3.accela.com/lara/. To determine if a state license is needed, go to: www.michigan.gov/statelicensesearch
For more information about LARA, please visit www.michigan.gov/lara
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