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California Homeowners Can Be Held “At Fault” When Hiring Unlicensed Contractors for Remodeling

The California Professional Association of Specialty Contractors (CALPASC) is encouraged by the uptick of home remodeling that is currently ongoing in the Golden State. At the same time, these professionals are concerned that you may incur liabilities that you do not even realize exist. For example, did you know that California homeowners can be held “at fault” when hiring unlicensed contractors for remodeling?

Is your remodeling project in jeopardy?

Under the law, you must hire a licensed contractor when the remodeling project includes demolition as well as a rebuilding project that affects a large section of the home. The law also covers new construction, which must fulfill all the safety requirements set forth by Cal/OSHA. In other words, if you are planning to remodel your kitchen and have a crew that demolishes existing cabinets or knocks out a wall, hire only licensed contractors. This applies to the general contractor as well as the tile and marble contractor who replaces your counter tops.

Could you just call it a maintenance job?

As a general rule of thumb, a contractor must have a valid license from the Contractors State License Board if the work to be performed will exceed the $500 mark for materials and labor. Do not risk it!

Are you in danger of a lawsuit?

The homeowner who commissions the work is considered the employer under the law. As such, you must ensure that the worksite meets all safe workplace standards. If a worker is injured while on the job, the individual may sue you and introduce your failure to heed Cal/OSHA regulations as evidence. An obvious violation is the hiring of an unlicensed contractor.

Long-term effects of hiring unlicensed contractors

Your homeowner insurance policy may not cover any losses related to a lawsuit brought by an injured worker if the insurer notes that you failed to hire only licensed contractors. Unlicensed contractors also do not always adhere to the same standard of craftsmanship as their licensed counterparts. Moreover, unlicensed contractors generally fail to obtain required building permits to do the work. This adversely affects property values when you later sell the home. Additionally, failing to disclose that unlicensed contractors undertook some home remodeling projects can create a liability for you at a later date.

Do not take any chances with your home. It is your greatest investment. Reputable contractors, like EZ Tile and Marble Countertops, proudly display California contractor license numbers. Contact us today to discuss your granite counter needs, and find out how we can make your next remodel a great experience.

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  1. I think it is true that having a license contractors is not a guarantee that the work will be done well. Aside from a unlicensed contractors, they has so many advantages that enable them to provide you the lowest prices. But still get a great workmanship, that is why many people fall into a trap and hire the unlicensed contractor. It sounds so appealing to save money!

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