Hiring A Licensed Contractor
Whether you are making minor repairs, adding an addition to your home or building a new home, arm yourself with the information necessary to choose the right contractor.Before you hire a contractor or sign a contract for more than $10,000, check with the Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board at 1-800-304-0853 to verify that the contractor is licensed. Don't let the name of the board mislead you. Even a roofer whose contract is over $10,000 must be licensed through the HBLB. Most residential construction falls under their authority. In Alabama a General Contractor is one who undertakes to construct or superintend the construction, alteration, maintenance, repair, rehabilitation, remediation, reclamation, or demolition of any building, highway, sewer, structure, site work, grading, paving or project or any improvement in the State of Alabama where the cost of the undertaking including labor and materials is $50,000 or more. Swimming Pool construction of $5,000 or more. A General Contractor must be licensed through the Alabama State Licensing Board for General Contractors. Their website is www.genconbd.state.al.us or you can call (334) 272-5030 with questions. The General Contractor's license is more widely used for commercial contractors and swimming pool contractors.The State of Alabama requires a revenue license to do business in Alabama. This is normally obtained at a county court house and is acceptable throughout the state until its expiration. Local municipalities may also require specific license from their inspection department as well as a revenue license. The consumer is ultimately responsible to know what is required where the work is being done. A contractor licensed in one city is not automatically licensed in another city that requires their own license. These are important steps that consumers should take to protect themselves before ever hiring a remodeler, roofer or home builder. As a consumer, do not be afraid to ask certain questions or to request references. Any contractor running an ethical business will gladly accept your inquiries about licensing, insurance and references and not be offended. Also, ask for proof of insurance against workers' compensation claims, property damage and personal liability in the case of injuries and call to verify their insurance is adequate for your job.