Are you considering hiring a contractor for you home improvements or even an addition to your home? There are three basic things you must know before hiring any Contractor to work on your property. As a homeowner your liabilities can go from zero to 100% costing you thousands or millions. California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) requires contractors who contract for $600 or more to carry a contractor license. To maintain a license a contractor must be bonded and comply with Workers Compensation laws. Hiring a contractor that is missing any three of these you can become liable for any injury that may occur on your property.
Workers’ compensation insurance is required for issuance of an active license, reactivation of an inactive license, and for the maintenance of an actively renewed license, unless the licensee does not employ anyone in a manner that is subject to California workers’ compensation laws (Business and Professions Code section 7125). Workers’ compensation insurance is not required for expired or inactive licenses. Licensees are required to submit proof of their workers’ compensation insurance coverage to CSLB. If the licensee does not employ anyone in a manner that is subject to California workers’ compensation laws, he/she is required to submit an Exemption from Workers’ Compensation form to CSLB.
How can you be sure your contractor has workers compensation?
By law if a contractor employs one person they are required to carry Workers Compensation Insurance. Every contractor must submit their Certificate of coverage to CSLB. You can go to CSLB website and search for the contractor workers compensation status if you know one of the following: business name, contractors name or license number. For example you can search for Ewing Painting Inc. Owners Name: Gaberiel Ewing, Licenses number: 908619
You can also ask your contractor for their Workers Compensation Insurance Certificate!!!!
Getting exterior painting estimates? Painting the exterior is a lot less work for the homeowner than it would be for the painting of your interior home. Here are a few basic things to consider when getting your home ready for exterior painting.
One of the first steps in painting the exterior is power washing. Make sure all windows and doors are closed and sealed. With a high power pressure washer, water can easily blast out a bedroom or living room if a window is left open. We have yet to experience this nor do we want to damage our perfect record. Please let the painters know if you have a leaky door or window. We can adjust our technic with less water and pressure to ensure no water intrudes through the leaky opening.
During the estimate process we will examine the exterior for any evidence of a leaky roof. Painting the home before fixing a roof leak can reduce the life span of the coating applied. If you notice or we discover a leaky roof at the estimate stage take action and get the roof repairs completed before beginning the painting project. This is more viable with elastomeric coatings but can effect any coating.
We once painted a home for a avid rose collector, In their front yard they had a garden on display that would take your breath away. The garden was no less than a foot away from the home being painted. How on earth can we paint around thorny rose bushes and not break them? I would have you know that only one stem was broken during the process of painting. Here is what we recommend, we ask to have the shrubbery, roses or any form of foliage to be trimmed back prior to the painting project starting. A good rule of thumb is to have have a one foot clearance from the surface, or in some cases, just enough where no branches or leaves are touching the surface being painted. We wouldn’t want a bush leaning on a freshly painted wall. We understand some foliage is impossible to cut back without killing the plant or tree. In this case we ask it to be trimmed as much as possible, we will then take our heavy duty drop cloths and use them to pull back the foliage. If the foliage leans back on the surface we will leave it tied up until the paint is dry to touch. This may deform the bush for a bit, but often times the bush is back to normal before the job is completed.