What does MHIC certification mean to you?
If you’ve worked with a contractor, you’ve may have seen the letters alongside a number on their truck. MHIC signifies that the contractor is licensed and regulated by the Maryland Home Improvement Commission.
The commission regulates all interior and exterior remodeling including roofing replacement, gutters, siding, doors, windows, kitchens, bathroom and basements
As a rule, you should only work with contractors who are MHIC certified.The certification should be displayed on their contract, their proposal, and on their truck.
When contractors secure their license and renew their license they contribute to a Guaranty Fund that compensates homeowners for actual monetary losses due to poor workmanship or failure to honor a home improvement contract.
The Commission investigates complaints by homeowners, awards monetary damages against licensed contractors, and prosecutes violators of the home improvement law and regulations.But don’t take the MHIC number at face value. Some contractors allowed their certification to lapse and still promote themselves as certified.
Besides that, MHIC certification doesn’t provide full protection against faulty work. In fact, less than half of the homeowners who have filed a claim against the fund since 1991 have received a payout and many who have been awarded money don’t receive enough to make repairs.So, don’t just take MHIC certification at face value. Make sure that your roofing contractor’s MHIC certification is current. Better still, only hire a roofing contractor who offers you a lifetime labor warranty over and above the manufacturer’s warranty.
If your roof is more than 15 years old, call us and we’ll give you a free roof inspection.
Want to check if Crown Remodeling’s MHIC Certification is current? Click here:https://www.dllr.state.md.us/cgi-bin/ElectronicLicensing/OP_search/OP_search.cgi?calling_app=HIC::HIC_qselect
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