A home improvement contractor is a person or company that focuses on certain parts of home renovations, repairs, or remodeling projects. This may include carpentry, electrical work, or plumbing. These contractors can either be independent or work with a team. If your project is too big for one person or requires a skill the home improvement contractor does not have, they may hire one or more subcontractors.
A home improvement contractor can pull permits. The person doing the work typically obtains building permits. Talk to the contractor beforehand to confirm that they'll get the proper permits before starting work.
Most states do not require sales tax for contractors or construction companies. Other states like Hawaii, New Mexico, and Arizona do require contractors to charge sales tax because they consider contractors "resellers." Research your state's sales tax regulations or ask your home improvement contractor to confirm.
Home improvement contractors do not typically expect a tip. However, if you feel like they went above and beyond or exceeded your expectations, you may want to give them a 15% to 20% tip for a job well done.
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