The Sacramento-based Contractors State License Board is advising homeowners to confirm the status of licensed contractors who offer to repair damage caused by this week’s heavy rains. That includes hiring a contractor to remove fallen trees, fix downed fences or patch a leaky roof.
“Anyone who needs to make repairs from storm damage should be looking for a legitimate, qualified tradesperson – especially in an urgent situation,” said CSLB Registrar Steve Sands, in a statement. Licensed contractors are insured and bonded “and not likely to leave you in the lurch when it comes to properly completing the job at a fair price,” he said.
Any construction job valued at $500 or more in combined labor and material costs must be performed by a state-licensed contractor, and the California Business and Professions Code requires licensees to carry workers’ compensation insurance coverage for their employees, and to be bonded.
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CSLB said consumers should ask to see a contractor’s license and photo identification, plus obtain a written contract prior to work being performed. It also suggests that consumers get at least three bids for any work project.
Call The Bee’s Mark Glover, (916) 321-1184.