How to Check a California Licensed Contractor

How to Check a California Licensed Contractor

According to the California State License Board (CSLB), any person who bids on a construction contract worth $500 or more of labor and materials must have a current contractor’s license from the State of California. The CSLB is the first place to check a CA licensed contractor. You’ll learn critical information about a contractor such as when the person acquired their license, how much insurance they carry and if the individual has any current or past legal actions against their company. Further research such as contacting former clients and inspecting work quality can also help determine the quality of a California contractor.

Check Online

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1.  Visit the California Contractors State License Board. Look for the menu option on the left that says “Instant License Check.”

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2.  Search by the contractor’s license number. Locate your vendor’s six-digit license on any printed materials such as advertisements, an estimate worksheet or business card. By law a California contractor must include their license number on all printed materials.

Another way you can search for the contractor in this website option is by typing the

person’s first and last name or company name.

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3.  Click the contractor’s name to examine the license history. Several people with the same name may appear. If so, search for the city where you believe your contractor resides.

Verify when the contractor obtained a license and what type of construction work they are licensed to perform. Notice if the license is currently active and how much insurance and bonds they carry.

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4.  Ensure the contractor has workers compensation insurance for employees. If they don’t, you can be liable for any on-the-job injuries incurred by workers. If it is noted that the Contractor is exempt from workers compensation insurance be alert as this means that the contractor has stated to the California Contractors State License Board that he is working alone and that he has no workers or not using subcontractors.

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5.  Look for judgments against the contractor. Verify there are no public complaints or civil actions against substandard work.

 

Check by Phone

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1.  Telephone the CLSB at 800-321-2752. This allows you to check contractor’s licenses using an automated voice system.

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2.  Press the number 1. This enables you to check the validity and history of a contractor’s license.

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3.  Press the number 1 again. Next, enter the license number. A license only has numerals, not letters.

4.  Review the license information provided. The automated system shares the same contractor license histories available on the CLSB website.

Speak with an agent if you don’t know the license number. Press the numeral 2, then 9 to transfer your call to a live agent who can answer questions Monday through Friday during business hours.

BRCONI INC dba B & R CONSTRUCTION INC

Is proud to maintain an impeccable record with the CLSB at all times. We carry $1million liability insurance and all our workers are insured with proper workers compensation insurance

Add a beautiful sunroom addition to your home

As you live and grow in your home, you start finding things that you wish it had, or really wishing that your home were bigger, or had more windows, etc.  If you’ve been thinking about making some changes to your home, and perhaps needing a little more space or wanting an elegant add-on to your home then adding a sunroom can be a great solution.  If you’re unsure about making such a commitment, consider these 3 amazing benefits to a sunroom addition to your home!

1.  Get the outdoor experience without the outdoor annoyances.  How often do you want to enjoy being outside but bugs, rain, or cold prevent you from doing so?  With a sunroom, you can enjoy the outside views and atmosphere without getting bitten by mosquitoes, or shivering in the cold on a winter day.  In fact, your sunroom can be designed such that it is useable year round without the added expense of electricity.  Depending on the windows you select, your sunroom can be kept warm in the winter by the sun’s rays, and cool in the summer.

2.  Expand the square footage of your home!  With a sunroom addition, you’re expanding the square footage of the livable space of your house.  This allows you to turn that extra space into a breakfast nook, or a workout room.  Perhaps you’d like a sitting area to enjoy the view, or a place where the family can gather without crowding the kitchen; a sunroom can do all of that.  Not only does this benefit you for current uses, being able to spread out and have more space, but it will also pay off later when you go to sell your home.  Your home will have more value based on the sunroom itself and the added square footage of the home.

3.  Building a sunroom is cost effective.  If you need more space, but the idea of building a room onto your home has you kissing too much money goodbye, you can attain the same benefits of an added room by instead adding a sunroom for much lower costs.

So whether you’re adding a sunroom just for extra space, or for a specific purpose, you can see that doing so will be easy on the pocketbook and pay off in the end.  We’ve been in the construction business for 20 years, and walk you through the project until the end.

For more great design ideas, please contact us today!

B&R Teams Up with Habitat for Humanity

B&R Construction is teaming up with Habitat for Humanity for a good cause. It’s a project called ReStore that’s focused in the Los Angeles area and provides local communities with low-cost improvement materials for buildings and homes.

By compiling new, used, discontinued, or surplus materials, ReStore sells these donated items at reduced prices to the public. Proceeds made support Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles’ commitment to building and remodeling homes in collaboration with low-income families and individuals.

If you are wondering how these items are picked up, trucks are sent out daily to pick up resources you want to donate. You can arrange it by calling 866-SHOP-HFH, and all of your donations are tax-deductible.

To see what materials are accepted and more information on the Habitat ReStore project, click here: QScan02172012_110004