Originally Posted by Fireman Gus
My son and I have discussed this many times. We have reported many that are doing weed control applications and fertilizing without the proper licensing. The Dept. of Ag representative talks to them but it does not do any good . Until they are fined to the max amount allowed by law they will continue to work illegally. To my clients, which are approached by these people, I let them know they are not licensed which probably means they do not have insurance and if they kill something while doing the work it won't be replaced by the people doing the work.
I am want to post an add on Craigslist educating people on this here is what I want to post let me know what you think.
READ BEFORE HIRING ANY CONTRACTOR!!!!!
One thing to understand if you hire someone to be on your property you are responsible for their actions. If something were to happen while on your property you will be responsible for them if they are not carrying the correct state license and or insurance.
1. Let say they are cutting your grass / lawn and a rock get thrown into the road a hits a car, you will be responsible for their actions. That is where you would need their insurance to cover the damages. If they don’t have insurance you will have to cover it for them.
2. They apply fertilizer to you property and it is a bad product or applied wrong and water runs off to your neighbors’ property and kills their tree. Guess what you will not only be responsible but could be legally in trouble for hiring an unlicensed contractor.
Any legit company would be more than willing to provide proof of any state licenses and proof of correct insurances. You will see many businesses out there will avoid showing or even bringing this topic up to cut operating expenses due to poor management of their company and don’t have a problem putting the customer at risk.
Some things to consider before you picking the right contractor.
Any questions about a contractor carrying the correct license call the Ohio Department of Agriculture for proof.
If you are a legit business feel free to copy this post and repost it.