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Does your remodeler have the right license

Posted on February 23, 2013 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (4)

In the state of Michigan there are two types of licenses for companies that do home repair work.

Smithco Construction is a licensed residential builder. License number 2101154567

A Residential Builder may build a new home from the ground up or may do any kind of repairs regulated under Article 24 of the Occupational Code. The builder may contract for the whole job, but will have to subcontract for plumbing, electrical, and mechanical (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) work to licensed plumbing, electrical and mechanical contractors

Some companies are only M&A contractors

A Maintenance & Alteration (M&A) Contractor is licensed to perform only specific trades and services and may accept contracts only in the trade(s) or craft(s) for which he or she is licensed. The contractor's wall license and pocket card identifies the trades for which the M&A Contractor is licensed. The pocket card contains a letter code that represents the trade or trades in which that contractor is licensed. The M&A trades and their equivalent letter codes are:

Carpentry (A); Concrete (B); Excavation (D); Insulation Work (G); Masonry (I); Painting & Decorating (J); Siding (K); Roofing (M);Screen & Storm Sash (N);Gutters (O); Tile & Marble (P); House Wrecking (R); Swimming Pools (S); and Basement Waterproofing (T).

Make sure the companies working on your home know what they are doing and are licensed to do so. You don't want a guy who only got state certification to do roofing remodeling your kitchen. Not only could he have limited knowledge of what to do but problems could come up with permits and that could come back to bite you.

Don't take any companies word for it either go online and check http://www.michigan.gov/statelicensesearch

Leif Smith


Do your research

Posted on February 23, 2013 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

I cannot stress enough how much every homeowner should research the people they have working on their home.

You should check your local lumber yards ask the people at the desk if they know these companies.

Ask for and receive references from any company you are considering for your project.

Ask the companies you call who else they would recommend for the work you need done. Any reputable company will not be upset about giving you multiple options and they should not be afraid of competing for your business.

Check your states builders licensing division and make sure that the company is licensed for the project you need done. Michigan for instance also lists any negative reports listed under the licensed company. Check it out www.michigan.gov/builders go to this site and click check license.

Ask the owner who they have worked for. Not customers but previous employers. Remodeling is not a business best learned by books but by experiences. Any reputable builder should have years of experience in the field working with other people with even more experience. I personally have worked under over 5 other licensed builders and owe most of my knowledge to them.

The most important thing you can do is research your project and ask as many questions about what you need done as possible. Doing this will let you know how much these companies know. Are they more salesman than worker? Do they know what their doing or should their employees be running the company? Sounds funny but there are alot of companies that fit this description.

I will be setting up categories for different types of remodeling work and giving you a list of questions you should ask every company that comes to look at your project.

Leif Smith



Welcome to the homeowner's education blog

Posted on February 23, 2013 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Welcome to smithco constructions homeowners education blog

I will be updating it as much as possible to give homeowners as much insight into all types of home remodeling projects. 

I will also be informing homeowners of what to look for when searching for home improvement specialists so we can limit the amount of horrible experiences in home remodeling projects. 

Keep in mind I am new to this and it is a work in progress but hopefully I can give everyone reading some insight into this business.

I will be posting about projects Smithco construction is doing as well as answering any questions that come up so please feel free to post any questions you may have.


Leif Smith