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I have been refinishing floors for 7 years. It all started when my grandmother wanted me to do a floor for her in Maine, but that was back when I was really young and my father showed me how to do a nice pine floor.

I've been doing refinishing jobs almost ever since - from furniture to major floors in large homes in the North East, mostly Vermont.

I have used low VOC finishes and even totally environmentally friendly finishes and oils, but also Waterlox and gymnasium finishes. I've worked teak on yachts and sailboats, refinished countless veneered desks, chests, chairs and cabinets, so I'd love to get some sanders into some wood in MD.

I am now no longer living in Vermont, and want badly to advertise in Maryland, but have been worried that I'd need an MHIC around these parts to sand a floor. Do I?

Is there a master list of tasks you'll need an MHIC to be even able to do? I do refinishing and house painting, but I'm also a trained gas welder, so I do repairs on railings and outdoor furniture. I don't ever change any home structurally.

I am insured and I hope that's all I need to do a little house painting, repair on brick walks, and floor refinishing.

If anybody knows, you'll really be helping me out. I am looking for a job. A solid answer to this question comes at much need.

Jon
 

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The Maryland Home Improvement Commission licenses and regulates home improvement contractors, subcontractors and salespersons. Home improvement work includes alteration, remodeling, repair or replacement of a building or part of a building used as a residence. Home improvement also includes work done on individual condominium units. Home improvement does not include work done on commonly owned areas of condominiums or buildings that contain four or more single family units. The Commission investigates complaints by homeowners, awards monetary damages against licensed contractors, and prosecutes violators of the home improvement law and regulations.

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But can't "alteration" be anything you'd do to change a home at all? so it seems very vague to me, or they mean that you can't paint or refinish anything without a license. I'm just going to call these people up and ask em come Monday. I've seen that paragraph many times before, and it really does not answer my question. Am I allowed to paint my friend's room and refinish my friend's floors, for instance, as they want me to do next month? I guess not, but the answer is a call away. Thanks anyway.
 

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You need an MHIC license for everything. Period.

Just get it and stop looking for an excuse. You need it!

Good luck!
 

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O.K. This seals the deal I guess on my wondering if I should try to get one. The second question would be is it hard to get a license - i . e ways to get around having to have 20,000 in your bank account. Would my best bet be to look for a job doing floors in Maryland for the two years experience needed? Do you have any tips and pointers for someone interested in starting the process. Where do I start? Can the experience I have so far count? Should I work as a sub for contractor I knew for awhile doing floors for him, even though floors are not his line of work? This contractor has offered his MHIC if I work under it with my sub? Is that the best way to work toward provable experience? Whats the best route to take?

Thank you, Jonathan
 

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Working under someone else's license is highly unrecommended. It's a illegal and if you are caught say good-bye to future licensing and hello to hefty fines.

The $20,000 required is net worth not cash money. Do you own a vehicle? Any assets? Own or rent?
 
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