Why Use a Licensed General Building Contractor?

Posted on Thursday April 02, 2015 |

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Why use a licensed general building contractor on your next multiple trade project? 
 

Well, for the first and foremost reason, it’s the law, according to Chapter 624 of the Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS).  NRS 624.215 states that a licensed general building contractor with a B or B2 classification must be used for projects that use more than two unrelated building trades or crafts, and where the general building contractor is the prime contractor on the construction or remodel project.  For example, if you have a remodel where painting is completed, carpet is replaced, and walls are being removed or added, a licensed general building contractor must be used in order to coordinate the different trades.  If on that same project, painting and carpet replacement are the only two trades/crafts being performed, there is no need to have a licensed general building contractor coordinate the work.  
 
So what is the difference between a B and B2 classification?  According to NAC 624.170, a licensed general building contractor possessing a B2 classification can perform work on a structure that does not extend more than three stories above the ground and one story below the ground.  A licensed general building contractor possessing a B classification can perform work on any structure, with no limitations on above ground or below ground stories.
 
Another reason to  a have a licensed general building contractor coordinate your next multiple trade project is for the peace of mind that the company being used has been properly vetted by the State of Nevada.  The Nevada State Contractors Board is the state agency that provides and enforces all administrative regulations for a licensed general building contractor.  Some of those regulations include ensuring that the licensed general building contractor possesses the appropriate experience, knowledge, character, and financial responsibility to be in business.  The Board also ensures that the licensed general building contractor possesses the proper industrial insurance that covers their employees and that they are properly bonded with a surety bond or cash bond.  The importance of the bonding process is to assure the consumer that there is a financial recourse for damages caused by the licensed general building contractor’s faulty workmanship. 
 
All the reasons for using a licensed general building contractor can’t be covered in a short article such as this, but the two reasons listed, in my opinion, are the most important reasons to use a licensed general building contractor for your next multiple trade project.  If more information is desired, please feel free to contact me at metrius.fair@fsresidential.com.  


Article by: Metrius Fair, Vice President of Construction, FirstService Residential

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