Bringing in out of state contractor

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Hi there, I live in Jersey City and have developed a great relationship with my plumber the past year doing my live in renovations. We enjoy working together and he's taught me a lot when he's been over to fix things. I'm about to start investing in Philly where his company doesn't have a license but is a reasonable drive. Is there any way around having to be licensed in the state for example having him do the work and have a licensed PA plumber sign off on the work or is that a total no no. Just looking for ways to keep using this guy who I trust and would like to keep giving business to. Thanks

@Stu Basham Its not a no no but nearly impossible to find a licensed plumber/electrician or other tradesman to risk his license for you. Thats what it will boil down to with the guy you ask anyway. Its his license on the line for your job. 

Got it. Thank you for responding. I appreciate the honest feedback as I didn't know if there was a right way to handle it. I will try and find a similar plumber in Philly then. Thanks!

Not sure it'd make sense financially but you could always have your plumber take a role of project manager/quality control. At least that way you know you're getting what needs to be done and that the price is fair.

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