Insurance, Bonding, and Business License.”
Craiglist has become the premiere web site for scams, prostitution, and illegal commercial and residential service contractors that are being sued nationwide for their deceptive business practices.
A large majority of the commercial and residential service contractors on Craiglist range from carpet cleaners to maid cleaning services, operating underground on the Craiglist, and the majority of home contractors that we contacted by phone from the Craiglist admitted that they did not have either a business license, liability insurance, or bonding, and some admitted that they even offered substantial discounts to unsuspecting homeowners that were willing to use their services.
There are now thousands of complaints and lawsuits being filed nationwide by angry consumers against Craiglist contractors, for either sub-standard work that the contractor was not qualified to do professionally, or a consumer being scammed out of money by a Craiglist contractor for work that was promised, but never done.
North Carolina Consumer News has issued a statewide consumers alert to all North Carolina citizens that plan to do business on the Craiglist with any contractor listed on the Craiglist, be it a home cleaning or a carpet cleaning, it is always wise to request that any contractor you are considering hiring to do work, furnish you a copy of their business license, 3-5 job references, and a phone number that you can contact their insurance company to check the status of their liability insurance and bonding, never trust a contractor if you can not contact their insurance company to get a copy of their business insurance policy emailed or faxed to you, because many illegal contractors carry a copy of an insurance policy that could possibly have been dropped by the insurance company for non-payment, or other valid reasons.
Homeowners fail to realize that if they use an unlicensed or uninsured service contractor, that they could be held liable if someone gets injured or killed on the job and the contractor doesn't have insurance, because poorly done electrical work or a badly repaired roof can pose life-threatening hazards.
Think about it, as a homeowner or business owner, do you really want to be held liable for damages that could be caused by an unlicensed or uninsured contractor, is the risk really worth saving a few dollars now, that could cost you a few thousand to a few hundred thousand dollars later if an accident occurs, or there are major damages caused by a contractor that is not professionally trained to do the work that you hired them for?
There are numerous new companies popping up on Craiglist daily, due to the recession and massive job losses that America has experienced in the past two years, but this is still not a good reason for any contractor to selfishly prey on unsuspecting consumers that are in need of a service.
Illegal contractors such as maid cleaning services, pressure washers, painters, plumbers, and electricians seem to be the main majority of unlicensed and uninsured services being offered on Craiglist, so consumers must take extra precautions when dealing with contractors that offer these services on Craiglist, because a homeowner or business owner could be inviting more danger that cost in savings, when using an uninsured or unlicensed contractor from Craiglist.
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