Why should every contractor you hire be Licensed, Bonded, and Insured?

FOR YOUR OWN PROTECTION, before hiring ANY contractor for chimney cleaning or any home repair, ensure that they are:

  • Licensed: qualified by a state or local jurisdiction to be adequately trained in a trade to provide a service. Licenses are also usually required in order for a contractor to pull a building permit to begin work and in order for them to obtain a bond.
  • Bonded: a guarantee by a local government agency or bond company that a contractor will perform according to their license, pay suppliers and subcontractors, and complete their work to a particular standard of performance. Bonds basically cover the cost of repairing or replacing shoddy work. Unbonded contractors may have a history of such work and therefore cannot secure a bond.
  • Insured: if an uninsured contractor damages property or injures himself or someone else on your property, you could be liable and sued by the injured party. Make sure that all contactors are insured, and call the insurance company to make sure that the policy is current.

Fire-Safe Chimney Sweeps is licensed, bonded, and insured, and we proudly present our documentation at every job.