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Parsons City Codes Enforcement Office Advises Homeowners to Use only Licensed Professionals

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NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE CITY OF PARSONS

City Codes Enforcement Office Advises Homeowners to Use only Licensed Professionals

PARSONS, KS —The City of Parsons Codes Enforcement Office warns city residents to be cautious when hiring contractors to make home improvements. The office also advises consumers to do their homework before signing a contract for any home repair, improvement or tree service work.

“Residents are required to get permits for certain types of work including heat and air, plumbing, demolition, tree services, and electrical work,” said City of Parsons Codes Enforcement Officer and Building Inspector, Rick Hizey. “While we understand residents generally want work done as quickly as possible, they need to proceed with caution before signing any contracts, and verify that their contractor is properly licensed and experienced.”

The Codes Enforcement Office offers the following advice to homeowners:

  • Do not panic and hire someone because they are the only company that can come out to the house right away. Make sure the home improvement contractor (if working on heating and air, plumbing, electrical, demolition or tree services) is licensed with the City of Parsons. A current list of licensed contractors is available on the second floor of the Municipal Building or by emailingmblong@parsonsks.com.
  • For tree service or removal, check to see if the business is a licensed tree service. If an unlicensed company is used, it is often impossible to track down the company, particularly if they have been paid in advance. In addition, consumers should ask to see written verification of the company’s insurance and workers compensation coverage.
  • Protect yourself. Get estimates from at least three contractors. Some fraudulent contractors will capitalize on the situation and overcharge consumers or lead them to believe the damage is worse than it really is.
  • Check references. Don’t be afraid to ask a contractor for references. You can tell a lot about a business simply by talking with other customers.
  • Don’t utilize a company that is not licensed within the City of Parsons. If you utilize a contractor for heating and air, electrical, plumbing, demolition or tree services that is not a licensed contractor within the City of Parsons, you will jeopardize your project. A stop work order can be issued, work may have to be redone to satisfy local building codes costing you more money in the long run, or worse, you could end up in court.
  • General building contractors are currently not required to be licensed in the City of Parsons, however, the Building Inspector suggests checking references before beginning your project.
  • The State of Kansas has recently passed a statute requiring that all roofers be licensed and carry insurance and workers compensation coverage. The City of Parsons is reviewing this as well.

When in doubt, call the Parsons City Codes Enforcement/Building Inspection Office at 620-421-7054 or email mblong@parsonsks.com for a current list of licensed contractors within the City of Parsons. If you are a contractor seeking licensure, call (620) 421-7054.

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