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Do Your Best to Vet the contractor

Updated: Dec 20, 2019

After giving up on the big box store, I decided to find a contractor. At the time, I didn’t have anyone that could give me a recommendation, so I researched the internet for home remodelers, and found a company online. I read the reviews and they were positive. I checked with the state licensing agency to make sure this was a class “A” contractor. And to make sure the company didn’t have any disciplinary action against them. I wanted a class “A” contractor because their license mean they can handle a project over $120,000 and have at least 5 years of experience. I also thought they have been in business long enough that they wouldn’t have cashflow problems or suddenly go out of business. Everything checked out, so I set up an appointment at the house. The owner of the company was very personable. We talked about the layout and design of the rooms. He seemed to understand my vision. We discussed the kitchen layout, the new on-suite bathroom, the laundry closet, and the remodel of the existing bathroom.


Note – I forgot to check the Better Business Bureau (BBB). There I found a bad review which led me to a lawsuit and judgement against him. So, don’t forget the BBB when doing your research.


Who Needs a Contractor’s License?


Anybody who is performing or managing construction, removal, repair, or improvements when the total value of a single project is over $1,000 must obtain a license from DPOR. There are three license classes: Class A, Class B, and Class C:



· Class A Contractors License: required when the total value of a single contract or project is $120,000 or more or is $750,000 or more over a 12-month period. The Qualified Individual identified for this license must have at least 5 years of experience.

· Class B Contractors License: required when the total value of a single contract or project is $10,000 or more, but less than $120,000, or is $150,000 or more, but less than $750,000 over a 12-month period. The Qualified Individual identified for this license must have at least 3 years of experience.

· Class C Contractors License: required when the total value of a single contract or project is over $1,000 but no more than $10,000 or is no more than $150,000 over a 12-month period. The Qualified Individual identified for this license must have at least 2 years of experience.


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