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Want To Build? Become A Home Improvement Contractor

The only way to find a free home improvement contractor is to become a home improvement contractor yourself. Since becoming a home improvement contractor requires study and exams as well as hands on experience, the services that they provide are invaluable to individuals who want to get a project done, and those services usually do not come cheap. Becoming a home improvement contractor has some variations depending on the state that the person lives in. Each state has licensing requirements, but there are some general guidelines that have to be met to pass most state regulations for licensing.


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The first part of the training involves book study and apprentice experience. There are many colleges and universities as well as trade schools that offer this type of training. It is important to make sure that the school offers an accredited course in the field. This will help to ensure that all the material that the person needs to know will be obtained through this book training, including codes and other state regulations. There are different degrees of licensure in states. There is a full contractor, subcontractor, and salesperson. The contractor license means that the person can enter into an agreement with a homeowner to complete a project. The subcontractor may not enter into this type of an agreement and a salesperson only sets up the encounters between the contractor and the homeowner to begin the project contract.

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In order to become a home improvement contractor, the person must take the exam given by the state in which he wishes to practice. However, he is only eligible to take the exam in most states after he has completed at least two years of experience in the field. This means that he needs to be able to show experience working under a licensed contractor in home improvement work or construction so that he has a general knowledge of the field. He will also need to pay the licensing exam fee which can run as much as three hundred fifty dollars, again depending on the state. The license for the contractors must be renewed every two years in most states and the renewal fee is usually just under two hundred dollars.

Once the licensing is completed, the contractor will also have to acquire three different types of insurance: public, property and Worker's Compensation. To become a reputable home improvement contractor, all of these types of insurance are needed to protect the homeowner and himself from injuries or damage on the job.

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