New Changes For Contractors' License

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

WEST TEXAS - It's always been a problem in the construction business; finding someone who can do quality work, and that may become a little harder now that the state no longer requires contractors to obtain a Texas Residential Construction Commission license. 

The Permian Basin Home Builders Association (PBHBA) wants to remind consumers to be aware of who they hire as a contractor.

"Someone can be a car salesmen one day and then be a contractor next. It may be cheaper to do it with them, but they won't stand by it long term, because they may not be there the next day," PBHBA Vice President, Billy Bassett, said.

Which for customers means finding a legitimate contractor may become more of challenge since the Texas Residential Construction Commission license used to weed out the contractors with bad reputations; now it's up to the homeowners to do their research.

"Especially on roofs. That's where they need to step in on. People come in from hail storms and fix roofs, they get homeowners money and they're gone," Licensed contractor, Jim Blunt said.

Officials say there's an easy way to avoid falling victim to a scam.

"The PBHBA is a perfect place to check any reference or doubt you might have on a company," Bassett said.

If you would like to view a list of contractors and their references, there's a list on the Permian Basin Home Builders Association website.