The Cost of Professionalism

Do you like paying fines? Are code violations “your thing?” We didn’t think so. They’re not ours either.  

The state of Virginia hands out thousands of commercial code violations every year. Your first line of defense is a licensed contractor. They’re approved by the state. Part of their training—part of our training—is focused on complying with ordinances from state and local governments. And any old license won’t do. A Class-A license gets you a professional who will offer a host of benefits that are well worth the cost. Here’s just a few.

Carlton Building holds a Virginia class A license.

We carry extensive liability, auto and umbrella coverage on every single project.

Professional commercial builders never fly by the seat of their pants. We do this all day, every day and come to the site with a tried and true process. Clients can expect a work order detailing the scope of the project before we even begin.


On the site and long after we’re gone safety regulations are met. Will the city or state inspect? No problem. OSHA for instance, has numerous requirements related to the leading hazards at construction sites. Not following them can make your property liable. Hiring a pro who’s informed can mitigate problems and maximize peace of mind. How much is tranquility worth?


You never need an insured contractor—until suddenly you do. Even the safest commercial building environments have risks. If a worker gets injured liability could come your way in a hurry. Professionals understand the specific needs of each client and how those needs impact their facility. They carry the knowledge and liability coverage that matches requirements for individual buildings and the jobs they take on.


Licensee requirements for the State of Virginia include,

  • Furnishing ample references to confirm proper experience

  • Proof of financial stability

  • A multitude of exams on numerous aspects of construction

Certified builders are vetted by the state insuring their commitment to excellence and requiring the knowledge to provide that quality to each and every client.


Established workforces wear uniforms. It adds to the level of pride for our work and lets people know who’s in their environment. At Carlton Building Services we send out teams of 2-4 people at a time, in uniform, ready to take on your project.

Do contractors with the proper licenses and insurance cost more? Yes. But the risk versus reward scenario consistently shows that professionals offer better value over firms who aren’t invested in themselves and the local economy. All commercial builders are not equal. In short, “you get what you pay for.”

JP Carlton

J.P. Carlton

J.P. Carlton is the founder of Carlton Building Services, a Hampton Roads-based construction company.