Many people are using this time to have work done on their homes-whether its repair, upkeep, or a project you have been meaning to get to or have been dreaming about for years. Whatever the case may be, when hiring a contractor, the saying “you get what you pay for” speaks volumes. Cheaper doesn’t always mean you are getting the best deal-often times it means they are cheaper because they are not licensed and insured. Hiring a contractor of any kind, plumber, electrician, GC (general contractor), roofer, etc. should carry insurance and be licensed in the state. You as the hiring party can request a COI (certificate of insurance) and proof of license. This is a standard work practice in the business world to protect all parties so why would someone overlook that for their own personal situation? Spending a little more ensures that in the event that there is an incident, injury, or situation with the work done, that you are protected-call it peace of mind-it’s worth the extra cost.