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Serving San Diego County and Southwest Riverside
San Diego (619) 233-0903 / S. D. Coastal (760) 436-1292 / S. D. Inland (760) 740-9000 Temecula (951) 695-4900
Construction is a Dangerous Business! Understand who you're dealing with before YOU Hire!
√ Operate with General Liability Insurance, √ Employees covered under Workers Comp or a Certificate of Self Insured, "Employee injuries without insurance can lead to expensive litigation against the property owner" √ Active contractor's license for the trade scope of work, √ Licensed for potential structural repairs below the roof or balcony waterproof system,
Don't be Fooled by the Lawbreakerworking out-of-trade classification!
Working out-of-class has concerns for structural failures linked to No coverage against "Construction Defects"Under your homeowner policy, Unless so stipulated. The (CSLB) data includes building trades that are excluded from structural renovations unless the project is under $500. including labor and material: C-39 Roofer, C33 Painter, D12 Synthetic Products, C27 Landscaper,and the Termite Co. Unless so stipulated" Article sited: Trade Classification law data at cslb.ca.gov
√How long in business (Longevity relates to stability),
√ License ever inactive, suspended, revoked, under disciplinary Bond Order, or association with a questionable license. (Relates to creditability),
√Operate with production pieceworkerspaid for their volume, or supervised hourly employees, √ In-progress project photos with details of similar type projects, √ References relating to How They Respond to WARRANTY issues.
Don't become the Scam Artist next victim for a project that should last 10 - 50 Years.
Stucco wall decayed lathing paper allowed traveling water to enter under the roof felt was repaired by an unskilled worker who had instead of replacing the damaged lathing had instead face-nailed wood siding over the decayed stucco, which failed to fix the leak, and later became damaged by yet another clown who had limited the stucco wall repair to caulking the lathing involving a third leak repair.
Roof fascia board here replaced using Doug fir instead of Pressure treated lumber, Spruce, Cedar, or Redwood as required to resist weather exposure. This shoddy repair project also included OSB roof sheathing cantilevered beyond the roof eave edge, and nailed to the rafters using short length roofing nails, which failed to provide shear strength.
In California, You could bearrested for hiring an unlicensed contractor for projects involving labor and material expenses beyond $500.00... And if an unlicensed, uninsuredcontractorand/or their employee are injured on your project, they could sue you and win!ref.abcnews.go.comUnlicensedContractorsWillRipYouOff
Dry rot and Termite Damageare often performed by the C-39 licensed Roofing contractor, however be advised that the C-39 license Roofing Contractor isexcludedfromstructureand/orcarpentry work as stipulated by the California Code Regulations Division 8, Title 16, Article 3, Classification. Authority cited: Sections 7008 and 7059, Reference: Sections 7058 and 7059 (Business and Professions Code) http://www.cslb.ca.gov/General-Information/library/licensing-classifications.asp
Lawbreakers operating without Workers Comp:
In 2006, the (CSLB) reported; "Over half of the State Licensed C-39 Roofing Contractors operated without Workers Comp Insurance! Assembly Bill (AB) 881 amends Section 7125 of the Business and Professions Code signed into law effective January 1, 2007 - Stipulates Workers Compensation Insurance is required for all (C-39) Roofing Contractors or a valid Certification of self-insurance whether or not they have employees. No exemptions will be granted."This law includes annual Work Comp Audits... Steps like these help to crack down on Lawbreakers making it harder for them to hire an "illegal workforce." Nonetheless, Lawbreakers continue operating with under the table. Visit http://www.cslb.ca.gov/ to verify contractor's license and whether or not they carry workers comp or a certificate of self-insured.
Selecting a contractor requires important considerations for the level of quality, service, and reliability. The BBB advises: Contractors get more complaints then almost any other business sector.
The Business and Professions Code 7027.1 - stipulates, "Advertising without a valid license in class advertised is against the law."There is no shortage of building contractor horror stories. Almost everyone has heard tales of damage, scams, shoddy workmanship, and builders who disappear in the middle of a project. In fact, except for auto repair shops and car dealerships, no other industry has generated as many complaints, according to the Council of Better Business Bureaus.
Hazards of hiring the unlicensed
Unlicensed usually means uninsured, therefore, using a contractor who is uninsured relates to an inability to getreimbursed for property damage. Likewise, if contractor carelessness leads to bodily injury or damage to you're neighbors property, the problem is likely to become yours.
No coverage under homeowner's policy: Damages maynot be covered under the homeowner insurance policy. Most homeowner policies require that any work to the property be done by licensed contractors; coverage is often specifically excluded for damages caused by "bootleg" contractors. Noncompliance with building codes: Unlicensed contractors are often unfamiliar with the applicable building codes and are unable to obtain permits.If your projectdoesn't comply with building and zoning codes, you maybe ordered to remove or repair the “code violation,”If not immediately, when you try to sell your house.
Poor Quality Workmanship: As a rule, unlicensed contractors perform shoddy work because they are not subject to building code standards, they are often untrained, less experienced, and unqualified to do certain types of work. Sloppy workmanship relates to serious ramifications, which include a safety hazards as reported by the Communications Manager for the National Association of the Remodeling Industry who warns:"If it's not structurally sound; the property owner could face major consequences at some point."
Scams in the construction industry - especially in the home improvement business - have become almost legendary in the last few decades. Con artists posing as qualified contractors, and often targeting the elderly, have made national news any number of times. Even so, unwary homeowners continue to be taken in by these pseudo contractors, who often promise “unrealistically low prices”or use scare tactics to close the deal. In these cases, the homeowner typically ends up with either an incomplete or a low-quality improvement project - and several hundred to thousands of dollars in losses.While licensing isn't necessarily a measure of competence, it doesimply a certain level of professionalism and suggests that the contractor is committed to the project. More significantly, a licensed contractorcan protect you from a number of potential problems.
Examples of Unlicensed Contractors bidding tactics:
1) Offering left-over materials from a previous job, which maybe unfit for the project, 2) Operating under a limited City Business License, or under a friends license relates to concerns for NO legal license, 3) Limited labor contract leaving the property owner responsible for materials, resulting in an unsatisfactory warranty, 4) Operating under the table with undocumented day laborer's, 5) Requiring the property owner to pull the Building Permit under an Owner-Builder application, 6) Demanding full payment before starting the project, whereas, exceeding 10% or a max. of $1,000 before starting the project is against the law,
7) Not licensed for scope of work intended,
8) Lacking trade skills, and the equipment necessary for the project,
9) Limited business history,
10) Performing projects without employee insurance, other than officers of the company,
11) Not Bonded as stipulated by the (CSLB),
12) Operating without General Liability Insurance, can lead to expensive litigation from potential construction defects,
13) Failing to provide a detailed scope of work, can lead to a less than satisfactory warranty,
14) Using mixed/matched materials, and/or products that are unfit for the project.