Home Builder Tips

Members included on this website are good standing members and should be used as your “Pot of Gold” source when selecting your contractor, supplier, architect, etc.

* Be aware of licensing laws as many changes have been instituted.  (e.g. Mechanical Contractors Licensing requires different types of heating, cooling, solar and plumbing work.)

* Under the law (2008) unlicensed individuals acting in the capacity of a residential builder or a residential maintenance and alternation contractor will immediately face stronger penalties.

A first offense will be misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than $5,000.00 or more than $25,000.00, or imprisonment for not more than 1 year, or both.  A second or subsequent office will be a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than $5,000.00 or more than $25,000.00, or imprisonment for not more than 2 years, or both. 

Did you know that in the State of Michigan any work performed over $600.00 without proper licensing voids contractual agreements and monies need not be paid for that work?  ASK TO SEE THEIR LICENSE.

Did you know that in the case of a worker being injured on your property without proper insurance YOU could be held personally liable?  ASK TO SEE THEIR INSURANCE CERTIFICATE. 

Did you know that defined proper insurance coverage is:  General Liability, Property, and/ or Worker’s Compensation coverage and NOT their health or medical insurance.

To see if a firm or individual is licensed, you can call:  License Verification:  517-241-9427 or visit:  https://www.lara.michigan.gov/colaLicVerify/