Contractors in South Carolina do not have to be licensed to do residential construction. Any commercial project with a cost of $5000 and up requires a licensed commercial contractor.
Commercial contractors must be able to document 2 years of experience in the last 5 years within the specialty trade prior to taking a licensure exam.
Licensed commercial contractors in South Carolina must carry workers' compensation insurance, general liabiltiy insurance is not required. It is a good idea to always hire a contractor who has both general liability and workers' compensation insurance. Request current insurance certificates before any work begins.
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When it comes to major construction work or even minor alterations to your home, hiring the wrong contractor could result in incomplete or defective work. You may even find yourself dealing with huge liability claims. BuildZoom does the homework for you and helps you hire the right contractor.
Before hiring a contractor in South Carolina, be sure to get at least 3 detailed bids. Quality contractors will take the time to explain their budget proposal, and help guide you through the estimate process. Be wary of an abnormally low bid, they are not worth the risk. These underpriced projects often do not end well for the homeowner, choose a contractor you trust and can clearly communicate with. BuildZoom has made the bid collection process extremely simple (and free). Just click here to get started.