Maryland Contractors, Are All Of Your Ducks In A Row?

Getting your Maryland Home Improvement Contractor (MHIC) license should be a top priority. Making sure all of your ducks are in a row will guarantee your business withstands the occasional customer complaint and subsequent investigations by the Maryland Home Improvement Commission. In the first 9 months of 2018, there were approximately 60 complaints filed. Nine of these complaints were denied and 51 fines were imposed totaling $391,618.03. Many of these could have been avoided if the contractors had taken the time to make sure they met licensing regulations.

Here are some things you need to know about becoming a licensed Maryland Home Improvement Contractor (MHIC).

There are two license categories, contractor and salespersons.

Contractor
A contractor may perform or agree to perform a home improvement for a homeowner.

Salespersons
A salesperson may only be licensed to represent up to two licensed contractors in the selling of home improvements.

License Requirements
Any applicant who has had a conviction of a misdemeanor relating to a home improvement transaction or a felony must provide the Commission with copies of conviction records.

All applicants must take and pass the licensing exam before they can apply for a license. The Maryland Home Improvement Contractor license includes subcontractor and salesperson licensing.

A Maryland Home Improvement Contractor (MHIC) Exam Prep Course and Book Package is available online at the Builders License Training Institute. Individual exam prep course and course and book packages will help you take and pass the exam on your first try. This course is intended as a study guide for preparing to take the Maryland Home Improvement exam administered by PSI. Following the content outline provided, the course is divided into eleven sequential units: Home Improvement Law, Door-to-Door Sales Act, Bidding, and Estimating, Employee Management, Lien Law, Jobsite Safety and Environmental Factors, Business Structure, Managing Risk, Scheduling and Project Management, Financial Management and Taxes. It includes everything you need to know to take and PASS the exam.

Expand your knowledge base with interesting professional development courses such as Ethics and Professional Development, Construction Documents for Successful Projects, and Hazardous Work Zones: Implementing Occupational Safety  All topics that will help you grow your Maryland Construction Business with confidence!  Check them out today!

Construction or Destruction?

Across the nation, cities are opting to deconstruct its centuries-old buildings and homes. The idea is to reduce and reuse the tons of building materials that would otherwise end up in area landfills.

There are companies whose sole purpose is entering old structures and salvaging anything that can be reused wherever possible for other building projects, including new construction. Consumers are paying top-dollar for salvaged materials to use in home renovations or upscaled refurbishing projects.

Most states have non-profit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore that accept donations of unused or unwanted building materials as well as furniture and appliances.  They often sell these items to the public or offer them to community members in need.

Other cities have turned to deconstruction to address urban deterioration and create additional jobs. Many cities including Baltimore, Milwaukee, Detroit, and Portland have either created their own programs or are exploring their options.

Officials from Detroit to the San Francisco Bay Area have been calling cities that have promoted deconstruction and asking for advice. “I’ve never seen so much attention going toward deconstruction and reuse as I’ve seen building up in the past year,” said Joe Connell, executive director of the Building Materials Reuse Association, a Great Cranberry Island, Maine-based nonprofit that promotes reuse and recycling of construction waste. (heraldmedia.com)

Whether it's new construction or remodeling, it might be worth your while to check with your State and local building departments to see if they offer incentives for deconstructing old buildings. It could potentially become a profitable resource for various building materials, and save a little piece of history and the environment in the process.

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