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BUYERS BEWARE

                          Most licensed or registered contractors are competent, honest, hard-working and financially

                 responsible.  However, home improvement projects are a top source of consumer complaints nation-

          wide.  Most of the problems that the Louisiana State Licensing  Board of Contractors see could be prevented

       if homeowners knew their "HOME IMPROVEMENT RIGHTS" and took responsibility for their project.  A responsible and informed consumer can work more effectively with reputable contractors who follow state licensing laws and also adhere to other state laws regarding general liability, workers compensation, and laws governed by the Department of /revenue and Taxation.  By being informed the consumer can avoid being victimized by unscrupulous or unlicensed contractors.

The "Buyers Beware" principle can help prevent frustration and disappointment when preparing to make a major decision.  By carefully considering what you want done to your property, what it will realistically to take to do the job, and taking the time to research and check the license or registration status of the contractor you hire to do the job, you may avoid many of the headaches often associated with home improvement projects.

Almost everyone knows someone who has a nightmare story to tell about building or remodeling their home:

  • the length of time it took
  • the cost overruns asociated with the project
  • or worse a contractor who started but didn't finsih the project
  • having that contractor end up with your hard earned money and an uncompleted project
  • The agony frustration and expense of having to finish the project themselves or hire another contractor to finish the work is indeed a nightmare situation!

Required by Roofing Contractor

 

1.  Occupational License from the parish of their address.  Required to operate and business.

2.  Louisiana Registered Roofing Contractor.  Required for jobs over $1,500 not to

exceed $75,000

3.  Louisiana State Licensed.  Required for jobs over $75,000 for residential.

 

Requirement for Roofing Contractors

 

1.  Workers Compensation Insurance- Verify coverage for

roofing code 5551 or call the insurance company

2.  General Liability Insurance - Request a certificate of

insurance listing you as a certificate holder.  The certificate

must be sent to you by their insurance company

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