Checklist to Use When Hiring/Working With a Contractor

Patricia Skinner, Attaway, Denise  |  5/30/2007 12:50:42 AM

Remodeling an existing home or building a new home can be stressful. The State of Louisiana Licensing Board for Contractors has devised the following checklist to help homeowners when hiring and/or working with a contractor:

  1. Hire only Louisiana State Licensed or Registered Contractors. Commercial projects costing more than $50,000 require state license. Residential new construction of single family homes requires state license. Home improvement and/or remodeling costing more than $7,500 requires state registration. Hazardous materials or mold remediation costing more than $1 requires state license.

  2. Verify contractor license or registration number at 1-800-256-1392 or click here and search for contractor license/registration number.

  3. Get at least three local area references and review contractor experience.

  4. Get at least three bids on the work to be performed.

  5. Get a written contract, and don’t sign anything until you understand the terms of your contract.

  6. Pay 10% down, or $1,000, whichever is less, depending on project size and reasonable starting cost requirements.

  7. Don’t let payments get ahead of work completed. Keep a record of all payments.

  8. Don’t make the final payment until you are satisfied with the job.

  9. Never pay cash.

  10. Keep a job file of all papers relating to your construction project.

State of Louisiana Licensing Board for Contractors

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