Contractor requirements in Boston
So many beautiful, historic homes define the neighborhoods in the surrounding areas of Boston. But those community icons are not enjoyed forever without demanding maintenance, updates and renovations. Thanks to the state’s approach to protecting homeowners from those few contractors who are unskilled and dishonest, you have the right to ask for a license.
Two types of construction supervisors, unrestricted and restricted, may work in the Boston area. Those with unrestricted license may tackle up to 35,000 cubic feet of a renovation project. But a contractor with a restricted license is limited to working on one or two family dwellings.
Note that both licenses are available only after a person has worked full-time in the field for no less than three years and successfully passed a three-hour exam. Home improvement contractors and subcontractors must also register with the state. Even though many of us might be tempted to offer our renovation project to the lowest bidder, that old saying “You get what you pay for” can come into play.
In addition to requesting to see a potential contractor’s license, always ask for references and photos of past projects they have completed in your area. Building trade supplies at wholesale prices are available through licensed contractors and most fully licensed and insured contractors will offer full warranties for services provided.