Comments in groups are trending toward discussions of restricting numbers of contractors in certain areas and the licensing of contractors. I can’t say much on restricting numbers but maybe I can help with the licensing issue. What most contractors do not realize is that licensing and enforcement is probably already in place in your city, county or state.
For this to work, it will take some effort on the part of local contractors. Waiting around for some government agency just will not get the results you are probably looking for. Now, please understand that I’m kind of giving you this information in reverse. Over the years I have had contractors let me in on this little secret after they were put out of business. Come to think of it, this may be the solution to the restriction issue.
Here’s how it works. Contact your local trade unions. Hopefully you will have large and strong trade unions. Carpenters, plumbers, electricians and so forth. Arrange to speak to the union members at one of their meetings. Come prepared. Do your homework. Convince these union members on how much money they are loosing because of unlicensed property preservation contractors. You know, the guys and gals that pressure up the plumbing, put wire nuts on exposed wires and replace broken railings.
The stronger the union, the better the results. If you have very active and organized unions in your area you can bet they will demand enforcement of local licensing laws. Shazam! Instant licensing requirements and enforcement and it only takes a few hours of your time. Congratulations.