Hiring a professional contractor? Protect yourself by asking these two simple questions:
Are you a licensed builder/remodeler or roofer?
A licensed contractor has proven their knowledge through testing, credit reports and other means that he is qualified.
Are you a member of the Home Builders Association of Alabama (HBAA)?
Membership in the HBAA provides an extra demonstration of a contractor’s professionalism.
Contract with confidence. Ask for the card.
Licensed builders and roofers are issued a certificate of license card – “the card”.
Residential Home Builders Certificate of License
Residential Roofers Certificate of License
All Alabama residential home builders including new construction, remodeling and repair where the cost exceeds $10,000 and Alabama residential roofers where the cost exceeds $2500 must be licensed by the state of Alabama. Failure to adhere to this law is a Class A misdemeanor.
Before you hire a contractor, roofer or builder. Ask for the card.
While most builders, remodelers and roofers operate ethical businesses, the number one complaint filed with the Alabama Attorney General’s office is home repair fraud.
Is your builder on the level? Ask for the card.
Don’t be hesitant to ask to see the card. An upstanding builder, remodeler or roofer will gladly accept your inquiry and provide proof of licensing. Check the expiration date and ask to see additional identification.
Don't get caught off guard.
Ask for the card and...
Don’t rush into repairs, even if you need them badly.
Ask for proof of insurance to verify they carry insurance that protects you from claims arising from property damage or job site injuries.
Avoid door-to-door solicitors.
Check with the Better Business Bureau for any unresolved complaints.
Don’t hire the first builder that comes along.
Require a written contract including start and finish dates, work to be performed, payment schedule, guarantees and warranties, materials, brands, etc.
Ask for references. And check them out. Sure, it takes time, but this can save you money and headache in the long run.