Reading David Campbell's letter on building permits (Letters, Aug. 10) made me think of something related to un-permitted work. Un-permitted work is often done by unregistered contractors.
Using unregistered contractors is not only illegal, but can put the homeowner at risk in many ways. Unregistered contractors usually offer lower prices, but they usually aren't bonded or paying workers' compensation insurance or other taxes.
If an unregistered contractor or their employee gets hurt on the job, they could come after you. If they fail to do the work and take all your money, they have no bond you can file against so you have very little recourse except for civil action -- and that's only if you can find the person again and have proof of some sort of agreement.
I have heard countless stories about someone hiring an unregistered contractor just to save a few bucks, but end up spending far more than they saved to fix costly mistakes, pay for someone's injuries or to actually get the work complete. If you are getting ready to have some work done, check out our "What To Do Before Hiring a Contractor" brochure at www.hbatc.com.
BRETT LOTT, president, Home Builders Association of Tri-Cities