Disadvantages of Working With Unlicensed Contractors

Everyone wants their home to look its best for their respective families, to entertain their regular guests, and sometimes to keep a social status for their sake. But for whatever reason, home improvements are a reality that every homeowner must face at some point in their lives.

Most of the time, we actually do a good job at doing the actual work ourselves. But sometimes, it’s not that easy. So we turn to seasoned professionals to do the repair work for us. And that’s where the danger lies. Sometimes, when we are pressed for time or short in cash, we have to say yes to the cheapest available contractor, which would most likely be an unlicensed one.

You might say that there isn’t any difference for as long as they can get the job done. However, I hate to break it to you, but there are legitimate disadvantages of working with unlicensed contractors and let me explain those to you bit by bit.

Legal Problems

The first problem you will definitely encounter with an unlicensed contractor is that the contract itself is pretty much not binding. This means that for whatever happens during the course of your work order, the contractor cannot be sued for any and all reasons. Well, yes, you can probably sue for other things, but when it comes to being a client, the law does not afford you that right because, in the eyes of the law, your contractor is not recognized in the state. That alone is a risky thing, especially if you are undergoing a major upgrade or repair work in your home.

Financial Burdens

Of course, since your contractor won’t have any legal backing, your financial burdens will be endless! You might end up having to pay for every single screw and nail used for your repair work, regardless of what’s stipulated under your agreement. This contractor won’t also be responsible for any damage that might be incurred for the duration of the job. This means that if the laborers drill a hole that’s not part of your deal, unfortunately, no one else but you would have to do the fixing yourself. You could technically ask them to fix it for you, but that would incur more fees, which shouldn’t be the case if you only paid a reasonable sum to a licensed contractor.

No accident insurance

Speaking of sudden issues, since your contractor is not licensed, he is most certainly not insured, too. And you probably know what that means, for you. Any accidents that may arise from the job order within your premises will have to go through you. You will be solely responsible for the well-being of your family during the repair work and the repairmen themselves!

There are other insurance issues that homeowners begrudgingly have to deal with after striking a deal with an unlicensed contractor. But it simply means that the company itself can escape scot-free from any issues that may happen during the time of work.

Poor quality work

If there’s one thing a license ensures, and that’s the quality of work that a professional of any field can offer to his or her clientele. So if your contractor is not licensed, who’s to say that he is even knowledgeable about roofing repair and other information needed to upgrade your home? Who can vouch for his skill as a contractor? Having a license gives you peace of mind that somehow, a specific contractor has enough skill as determined by equally or highly skilled officials in the industry, too.


For those contractors who haven’t even gotten their license, a word of advice: get licensed in your state immediately. It’s never too late to become official! Like if you’re a contractor in FL, then you must pass the Florida Contractor’s License exam on a regular basis to guarantee your legitimacy to any client.

Overall, I’d say we made a pretty decent argument about why it’s important to only do business with a licensed contractor. It might cost you a pretty penny, but it will save you tons of energy, time, and worry about how your project will go