STATEWIDE — Currently, contractors in Maine don’t need to be licensed to make home improvements. A meeting today tells us why that may be important to change.
Some residents share their experience about why it is crucial that contractors get licensed before doing any home improvements. “There’s no proof of skill or knowledge required. What’s more construction practices and products are changing and are more complicated than ever. Licensing is a first step at setting a minimum standard,” said John Wheaton, a Maine resident.
This Madison resident hired a contractor to build a garage and it, unfortunately, wasn’t built to code. David Page said, “The long story short it had to be torn down and rebuilt by another contractor. The new contractor had been in business for about 14 years and said this was the worst garage ever.”
For Dane Rasmussen, the story hit close to home. “David Page who just spoke. The contractor in 2018 that he had a problem within 2018 is the same contractor we had a problem within 2017,” said Rasmussen, another Maine resident.
Lawmakers are working to fix this ongoing problem through a proposed bill; it would require contractors to voluntarily get licensed if passed.
Dane Rasmussen said, “The licensing I think would go a long long way even if it was voluntary in helping avoid this, but there needs to be some kind of recourse that’s easy and attainable to the average consumer.” In the next couple of weeks committee, members will vote on whether this bill will go to the senate.