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BEWARE UNLICENSED CONTRACTORS
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19 Oct 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Protect yourself from fly-by-night and out of state contractors.  Avoid the rip-offs, shoddy work and litigation by hiring a Licensed California Contractor to rebuild your home or business.

Use this checklist when considering which contractor to hire for your project: 

  • Hire a contractor that has performed similar projects in your area.

  • Check the Contractors State License Board website (www.cslb.com) to verify:
    • A contractor’s license is active and in good standing.
    • A contractor’s complaint and/or disciplinary action history.
    • How long a contractor has held the license. Seven (7) digit license numbers should raise a flag.

  • Hire a contractor that has been licensed for several years or more.

  • Avoid contractors that have recently started working in the area, especially since the disaster.

  • Look for contractors that have an “A+” rating with the Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.org).

  • Be prepared to consult with an attorney when dealing with settlement offers related to your insurance claim.
    • Be aware of “Code Upgrade” issues and coverage.
    • Insurance company estimates and cost development procedures.
    • Insurance company’s assertion of what something “should” cost vs. what it “will” cost following a disaster when labor and material resources are pushed beyond what is available.

  • Ask for, and follow-up with contractor references.

  • Select a contractor with long standing subcontractor and material supplier relationships. This will give your project the best chance of getting the resources it needs, when it needs them.
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