Check your contractors' licenses if you're having work done at your home

Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Realty West CalBRE #01458572

Did you know?

Check your contractors' licenses
if you're having work done at your home

http://www.missionvalleycondos.infoCalifornia is not known as a business-friendly state, which I'm sure is part of the state's budget problem since many businesses are fleeing to other states and taking their tax base with them. Part of the problem is the paperwork burdens and fees required to operate a business in California. Small businesses and family operations just can't afford the time to complete all the paperwork and don't have the money to hire someone to do it, nor do they have the money to pay all the various fees associated with working in the city, county, and state.

http://www.missionvalleycondos.infoContractors working on our homes are often found to be negligent in applying for and renewing their licenses, and they are often the subject of enforcement stings. Recently, law enforcement officials arrested 111 people in a statewide enforcement sting. They posed as homeowners and community volunteers seeking bids on various home and building projects ranging from tree trimming and painting to pool construction.

Of the 111 people arrested statewide, 9 were arrested in San Diego County for illegal advertising (contractor's license must be on the advertising) and contracting without a license. They represent seven companies:

  • http://www.missionvalleycondos.infoA-1 Custom Shower Door, El Cajon
  • David's Handyman Service, San Diego
  • Ground Control Landscape, El Cajon
  • Handyman Hollister, San Diego
  • Harley Home Services, San Diego
  • Landscape Design and Project Management, San Diego
  • Mendez Remodeling, Spring Valley

http://www.missionvalleycondos.infoUnlicensed contractors won't be carrying workers' compensation insurance, a significant business expense, so if a worker is injured on your property, you might be paying the medical bills. Also, if you have problems with the work, you have little recourse with unlicensed contractors.

A contractor's license is required for work bids higher than $500, and it is up to the public to make sure companies are licensed. You can check the California State License Board web site or call 800-321-2752.


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Kathy Burke
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA - Danville, CA
S.F. East Bay Home Staging

Jim....agree a little homework before the project can save a lot of time/money during the project!!

Oct 31, 2010 01:15 PM #1
Stephanie Reynolds
Integrity First Financial Group, Inc. - Santee, CA
East County San Diego Homes 619-838-4408

Great advice Jim. Although even some of the licensed contractors these days are hiring day labor and paying them cash.

Oct 31, 2010 01:20 PM #2
Will Nesbitt
Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria - Alexandria, VA
Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.

I really like this post. Hope you don't mind if I reblog it =)

Nov 03, 2010 07:23 AM #3
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"

Jim  It is importat also when you go to resell becauae they probably didn't pull any permits

Nov 04, 2010 04:19 AM #4
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.

I’m trying to catch up on old posts to see if anyone had a question or if there are some comments that need a response. If so, I’ll respond in a comment below this one.

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