Home and roof repair might not be the most exciting things for Las Vegas homeowners, but they are important jobs that must be done right. From taking out the proper permits to choosing trusted professionals, here's what you need to know to protect you, your home--and your friends.
Do I Really Need a Permit?
Skipping the permit to save the hassle and expense is surely tempting, but it's a risky choice you shouldn't make. Building codes exist to make sure homes are safe and built using the most modern standards and methods. If your contractor refuses to get a permit, he or she may not have the proper licenses--and therefore the most recent information--and is trying to hide that fact.
Permits also require code inspectors to check the work in progress and upon completion--and you want to be up to code for your own safety and peace of mind. Failing to get a permit and the resulting inspections could result in a fine if discovered. It could also make it difficult to sell your home as the buyer's inspector digs into unauthorized work.
Should I Let My Buddy Help Out?
Enlisting the help of friends and family to repair your home is one way to cut costs, but will you pay the price in the long run?
Many projects are just right for the DIY crowd, but a roof repair and other major fixes are not. In those cases, only a licensed and insured contractor should be doing the work or you could pay a lot more than you budgeted for.
If an unlicensed, uninsured person gets hurt while working on your home, you could be facing a costly lawsuit--especially if the injuries are extensive. Then there's the quality of the work. A professional will do the job right and get it done on time. Plus, you'll have a contract that ensures you get exactly what is agreed upon.
And, just like pulling a permit, if you try to sell your home and evidence of an unlicensed repair is found, you could be out of luck.
My Insurance Will Cover It, Right?
Even the most generous homeowner's policy won't cover you in the case of negligence. Suppose your friend helps you out with an electrical repair, but an electrical fire breaks out. You're on the hook. What if your friend accidentally damages building materials? That'll be chalked up to a loss.
Not to mention repairs can be a stressful and challenging activity. There's no insurance policy in the world that can protect your friendship if the situation ends up in a heated argument.
Protecting Your Assets
Hiring an experienced professional who is licensed and insured is the only choice for roof repairs and insulation. Protect your home--and your friendships--and let the best in the business get the job done right the first time. Contact First Quality Roofing and Insulation for a free estimate at 702-262-7847.