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The license came

November 14th, 2007 at 01:53 pm

My husband's builder's license came in the mail today. Funny, in the 20 years he has been licensed, no one has ever asked to see the license. I still keep it sitting out on the desk in his office. To my knowledge, he is the only licensed builder in our county! But of course, that is because it is a North Carolina building license. No license in Georgia yet but it is coming!

5 Responses to “The license came”

  1. mom-from-missouri Says:

    In our county, you HAVE to be licensed. To get licensed, you have to show proof of insurance and pass a test. If you are caught working without a license, you are fined. You also have to show the license to get a builders permit. Builders permits here are very rigid. Legally, if we had an outlet go out, we could repair it without a permit. But, if the outlet went out and I said I'd rather it be over 2 feet and my DH said ok, I'll put in a new one where you want it-that requires a permit. So, around here you almost can not do your own handyman work-you have to hire it done by a licensed professional who has to buy the permit. Which, turns a $5 repair job into a $100 one. DH says its a matter of time before they start stalking us as we check out of Lowe's and Home Depot.

  2. Aleta Says:

    It's all about the big bucks. My husband could not get an exemption from workman's comp unless he became incorporated. He was always a sole proprietor before. What a hassle. We have to write a check for everything now not to mention having to go in person to deposit the checks. Down here in South Florida, we need a permit to install a toilet in our own home, because they want the slow-ha ha (lo flows).

    We also have to have liability insurance, and go to school for 16 hours which is about $175.00 before he can renew his license. It's just more bureaucracy and red-tape. We're actually sorry that we formed the corporation. I have never seen so much paper work in my life. Don't get me started on this. I could get on a rant.

    I was so comfortable just transfering money from the business account before and only depositing the income.

  3. Aleta Says:

    Let me clarify what I meant by now having to deposit checks. We now write out checks every week to ourselves that have to be deposited.

  4. Ima saver Says:

    Oh aleta, what a pain in the neck!! It is just starting to get complicated here. Now we have to pay out all this money for insurance too and we have no employees!!

  5. Aleta Says:

    I know what you mean. We are the only ones to and with the workman's comp exemption, my husband cannot even hire day labor. They're pretty much putting us all in the corner because of all those who cheat and may low wages under the table. We're even having to pay SUTA and FUTA even though we will never use it. It's really a rip-off. Sort of glad that my husband doesn't have that many years before he will be retired and you know how that is. I don't know if he will ever really retire, but at least he won't depending on the money day to day to pay bills at that time.

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