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Letter to the editor- Homework for work on home

To the editor:

The purpose of this letter is to help residents who are about to hire contractors as the building season opens. It is most important that you do your “homework” before signing a contract, even for a minor project.

A very simple toll-free call to the California Contractors State License Board at (800) 321-2752 or a quick visit to their Web site, http://www.cslb.ca.gov can save you many future headaches. Even if the contractor hands you a copy of his license, double check with the CSLB. Make sure the contractor has a valid, active license and has had no complaints on record.

Don’t forget to check that the contractor is bonded. Check with the specific bond company to inquire as to any claims pending against the principal.

If you are working with a general contractor, be sure he produces the licenses of any subcontractors involved in the project so you can check them also.

The CSLB publishes a booklet entitled, “What You Should Know Before You Hire A Contractor.” This is readable and very helpful. “Caveat emptor,” or “let the buyer beware,” can prevent a lot of upset during any remodeling or building experience. Take the time to double check. Good luck!

A. Ceru

South Lake Tahoe

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