Many independent contractors are looking both to keep money in their own pockets and sell prospective customers on a lower price point than a fully licensed and legitimate contracting business.
It’s not tough to see why a low price tag is attractive for you as the consumer. However, the reality is that this unrealistic price is often achieved through unscrupulous business practices, and those typically losing out are the laborers. Whether targeting those whose legal status they can exploit or the economically marginalized, these contractors are able to pay laborers wages that far fall beneath industry standards and state or federal guidelines. Similarly, contractors may cut costs by going without insurance for workers, meaning on onsite injury could not significantly impact a workers ability to provide but also place the legal recourse on you, the property owner.