The Difference Between Class A, B, and C Contractor Licenses
In Virginia, there are three types of contractor licenses: Class A, Class B, and Class C. Each license has its own specific set of qualifications and restrictions. It is important to know which license your contractor holds, as it will determine the scope of the work they are legally allowed to perform.
Virginia Class A contractors like Home Vista are allowed to work on single projects that total up to $120,000 or more. They can also complete multiple projects that, in total, add up to $750,000 or more over the course of a year.
Virginia Class B contractors are also allowed to work on single projects that total up to $120,000; however, their multiple project total over a total twelve-month period cannot exceed $750,000.
Virginia Class C contractors are only allowed to work on individual projects that total $10,000 or less. Over a year, their total project revenue may not exceed $150,000.
What do all of these numbers mean? Basically, a company like Home Vista that holds a Class A contractor license is the ideal business to employ for all of your construction needs because they can perform the widest range of work. Class A contractors, unlike Class B or Class C contractors, have no 12-month limit. Therefore, they can accommodate any project size or complexity – from small decks to large four-season rooms.
A Class B contractor may be able to work on a larger project for you, but you’ll want to make sure that the scope of that project falls within their 12-month limit. A simple deck or patio addition may be doable, but if you’re looking to add a four-season room, you’ll want to go with a company that holds a Class A license. Otherwise, you may be inadvertently hiring an illegal contractor.
Class C contractors should only be hired for minor projects; they are not licensed to take on large jobs like decks, patios, or porches – and certainly not room additions. Class C licenses limit the contractor to 10K or less in project size; therefore, Class C contractors are best suited for small plantings, maintenance, repairs, or other similar work.
Be sure to ask your contractor what type of license they hold, and don’t be afraid to ask for proof. Any reputable contractor will be happy to provide it. If you’re unsure of which contractor license is right for your project, don’t hesitate to contact us! We would be happy to help you determine the best way to proceed with your plans.
The Importance of Checking Your Contractor’s License
Hiring an unlicensed contractor is a risky proposition. Not only are they not qualified to do the job, but you could also be held liable if something goes wrong. For example, if an unlicensed contractor cuts corners and does not pull the proper permits, you could be fined.
Even if the job is completed without any problems, you may still have trouble down the road. If you ever need to sell your home, the new buyers’ home inspector will likely find the work that was done without a permit. This could cause delays in the sale of your home or, worst case, the deal could fall through entirely.
It is always best to hire a licensed contractor, even if it costs a bit more. Not only will you have peace of mind knowing that the job will be done right, but you will also be protected in the event that something goes wrong.
If you are in the Northern Virginia area and need a licensed Class A contractor, contact Home Vista today. We are fully licensed and insured, and our experienced team can handle any job you have in mind, from a new patio to a four-season room. Let us help you with your next project!