Common Construction Questions & Answers
Does a contractor have to be licensed?
The short answer is yes, however there are some situations that don't require the person you decide on to be licensed. If the labor and materials is less then $2000 then the person does not need a license. Obviously we would not recommend unlicensed contractors for the simple fact that with a license comes responsibility and insurance.
How do I pay a contractor?
You should never pay a contractor a down payment more the 10% of the total home improvement contract price or $1000, whichever is less. Infact it is illegal for licensed contractors to not only ask for more but it is also illegal to accept more. In regards to payment schedules this should always be discussed before or while signing a contract with a contractor and it can vary from contractor to contractor but generally it is laid out for small payments every couple of weeks as certain aspects are completed or by the percentage of the job that is completed the amount paid is generally for the work completed over that time period.
Do contractors have to be insured?
In California General Contractors only need to have a bond in order to present you with a bid for work let alone actually working on your home or business.
How long does construction take?
This is a very difficult question to answer and clearly the type of work being done will ultimately dictate this. Any good contractor will be able to gie you a pretty close timeline of how long the project will take and will do a good job of making mention that the timeline provide does not account for unforseeable circumstances encountered on your project.
How should I choose a contractor?
Choosing a contractor for a project on your home or business can be difficult and stressful, however we can offer some suggestions here to simplify the process and make your decision one you won't regret.