Fortunately for Maryland homeowners, unqualified individuals can’t just walk around calling themselves licensed contractors. To get licensed by the state, professionals need to receive their Maryland Home Improvement Commission (MHIC) license.
Keep reading to learn answers to common questions about what an MHIC certification is.
What is an MHIC certification?
As you can probably tell by its name, an MHIC certificate is essentially proof that a contractor is capable of performing professional home improvement work. This certificate is issued by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, and it’s not the easiest certificate to obtain.
Among other qualifications, contractors must have at least two years of real-world experience and pass a rigorous exam to receive their MHIC certification. This is just for the basic home improvement license. There are additional requirements if a contractor wants to provide specialized services, like plumbing or HVAC work.
How much an MHIC certification costs
An MHIC certification requires a $370 fee for all first-time applicants; then the licensing exam costs $63. These licenses must be renewed every two years, costing an extra $250 each time. All Maryland contractors must contribute to a $150 guaranty fund that helps homeowners recoup losses if a licensed contractor doesn’t complete a job. This fee is also required each time a license is renewed.
Why you should hire a certified contractor
There’s no law saying you have to bring in a certified contractor for a home improvement job. You can go the DIY route or hire an unlicensed contractor who doesn’t charge as much. Here are the reasons we always recommend hiring someone with an MHIC certification:
- High-quality results: You really do get what you pay for when it comes to contractors. Paying a little bit extra for a certified contractor guarantees better results. Plus, you won’t have to worry about bringing in another contractor down the road to make repairs for shoddy work performed the first time around.
- No hidden fees: Sketchy contractors often try to pull a fast one on clients by offering a low quote or failing to disclose certain fees—then homeowners are taken by surprise once the final bill comes. Because they’re held to a higher standard by the state, that’s not an issue with certified contractors.
- No liability: You’re playing with fire if you work with an uninsured or under-insured contractor. If your contractor doesn’t have adequate insurance, you could be stuck paying for any injuries or property damage that occur when the contractor’s crew is on- Since all licensed contractors must have insurance, that’s not an issue when you work with a reputable team.
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