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Beware: City cautions homeowners of unlicensed contractors

STAFF REPORTS
Published on Tuesday, March 22, 2016

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The city of Greer is advising homeowners to be aware that unlicensed contractors from other areas are soliciting roof work in the area.
 

The city of Greer is advising homeowners to be aware that unlicensed contractors from other areas are soliciting roof work in the area.

 

The recent hailstorm not only damaged homes in the City of Greer, but it captured the attention of roofing and siding contractors ready to cash in on the damage.

While many contractors have worked in the city and are aware that the City of Greer and the State of South Carolina require them to be licensed, the city advises homeowners to be aware that unlicensed contractors from other areas are soliciting roof work in the area.

Not only must the contractor be licensed, but a permit to replace or repair roof or siding damage must be obtained prior to beginning repair work.

“All work requires city inspectors to verify the work meets building codes and is being performed by the person listed on the permit,” said Ruthie Helms, City of Greer building official. “Permits are a way of protecting a homeowner’s investment. Failure to use licensed contractors may result in their inability to file a future claim for any problems with the installation of the work.”

Helms said homeowners should make certain any contractor has a proper building permit before work starts.  The permit, a bright yellow card to be placed in the front window or storm door of the home, confirms that a properly licensed contractor is performing the work and that a permit for the work has been issued.

Helms said that a second measure of protection is requiring inspection approval from the city prior to the homeowner paying the final invoice.

 

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