Hire only licensed contractors. Verify the contractor’s license number by calling the Licensing Board at 1-800-256-1392 or by searching the database via www.lslbc.Louisiana.gov.
Shop around. Get at least three written bids or estimates.
Contact the Better Business Bureau to determine if there are any complaints against contractors under consideration.
Get at least three references and contact them to review workmanship.
Get a written contract and read the fine print. Do not sign anything until you understand all terms completely.
Pay 10% down or $1,000, whichever is less, if a deposit is required.
Do not pay for work which has not been completed. Keep records of payments.
Do not pay in cash.
Final payment should be withheld until work has been completed and deemed acceptable.
Obtain warranty information in writing.
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) offers members the opportunity to earn designations through its University of Housing. Builders, remodelers, and associates take certain classes, hold required certifications and insurances, and meet other specified guidelines. Below are some of the designations our members hold:
CAPS: Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist
CGA: Certified Graduate Associate
CGB: Certified Graduate Builder
CGP: Certified Green Professional
CGR: Certified Graduate Remodeler
CMP: Certified Marketing Professional
CMR: Certified Mold Remediator
CR: Certified Restorer
GMB: Graduate Master Builder
GMR: Graduate Master Remodeler