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Old 09-05-2014, 04:47 PM   #1
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I voted for #6 Ask the clerk at Lowe’s or Home Depot for renovation tips and Do-It-Yourself to save some cash!
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Old 09-05-2014, 07:12 PM   #2
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they're all real good, to hard to choose

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they're all real good, to hard to choose
True. I also voted for 'Getting Cousin Vinnie'!
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I voted for an unlicensed GC...
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There should have been a 'Hire a Craigslist hack' option!
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There should have been a 'Hire a Craigslist hack' option!
I'm thinking that falls under the cousin vinnie option.
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I'm thinking that falls under the cousin vinnie option.
You're probably right
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I voted for an unlicensed GC...
Licensing is a scrap of paper.

They're are no licenses for GCs in Illinois and things are built everyday.
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Licensing is a scrap of paper.

They're are no licenses for GCs in Illinois and things are built everyday.
In North Carolina it is not easy to attain nor maintain a NC GC license. I enjoy using that fact as a unique selling point when speaking to prospective clients. It sets me apart from others.
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By far the one I hear the most :
5. Hire your ‘out of work’ cousin Vinny to do the job — he has a couple of tools and seems to know what he’s doing.
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That's me!
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In North Carolina it is not easy to attain nor maintain a NC GC license. I enjoy using that fact as a unique selling point when speaking to prospective clients. It sets me apart from others.
Help me here. All I could find was that you had to be licensed to compete jobs over 30k. And then it's just a fee and a test. No continued education required. What an I missing?
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I voted for My Cousin Vinny!
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I voted for "GC it yourself".

Quite tragically, I took sub-contracts not once, but twice, where the HO was the GC. In my defense, the second time the HO was a Concrete Contractor, but as I found out, still didn't know his ass from a hole in the ground.

If there was one thing I could impress on HO's, (well, there's a lot, but....) it would be this: You CAN'T GC your project. It will, without a doubt, turn into a complete ratphukk. You don't have the experience, construction knowledge, time, or discipline, to be a GC. Leave it to those who do it for a living.


GC'ing your own project is like a DIY circumcision. Something will get cut, sure, but it's gonna be messy.






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Help me here. All I could find was that you had to be licensed to compete jobs over 30k. And then it's just a fee and a test. No continued education required. What an I missing?
I think you have to show property assets over 10,000 dollars and have perfect credit. Something like that. I remember looking it up a while back.

However, the 35,000 dollar max is pretty liberal. I could make a very good living working with that restriction.

Here it is 600 dollars and you can't advertise in anyway that might make some idiot think you are a contractor. If I wasn't liscensed, I couldn't even remove a window screen. Makes it hard to get that 600 bucks. It does keep out the riff raff for the most part.
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I think you have to show property assets over 10,000 dollars and have perfect credit. Something like that. I remember looking it up a while back.

However, the 35,000 dollar max is pretty liberal. I could make a very good living working with that restriction.

Here it is 600 dollars and you can't advertise in anyway that might make some idiot think you are a contractor. If I wasn't liscensed, I couldn't even remove a window screen. Makes it hard to get that 600 bucks. It does keep out the riff raff for the most part.
Does it though? It's just hard for me to believe that you don't have just as many hacks and under the table types because of a piece of paper.
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Here in BC if you have $165.00 you can be a licenced GC, no test. No trade etc etc...
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Go over to the California Licensing thread and you can get a taste of what we have to do to be a GC here. It's an amazing amount of horse chit.
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Any type of advice that includes the customer's "buddy" seems to be a problem.
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Any type of advice that includes the customer's "buddy" seems to be a problem.
So true.

I hear "well my husband used to be a carpenter/contractor/remodeler, so he knows how to do it but doesn't have time" refrain often.

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