Did you know contractors must be certified by the EPA?

When interviewing general or specialty remodeling contractors you should be aware that a new law was put into place by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) specific to lead paint and materials in existing homes.  This federal regulation went into affect March of 2010 which is designed to protect inhabitants of homes being remodeled from Lead based paint AND other products  as well as the construction workers.  This new law requires contractors to become trained and certified by the EPA which is called a Certified Renovator.  Next to being sure your contractor has the proper license and insurance you now need to ask if they are a Certified Renovator from the EPA.  If not well then you should reconsider…

California Preliminary Lien Law

by Bill Reid CGR, President Just because you paid your contractor doesn`t mean you have paid for the project.  This will raise your eyebrows.  Many homeowners become scared whe they hear the word lien.  The CA Preliminary lien law, emphasis preliminary, is intended to protect home owners and suppliers on construction projects.  With out getting into all the legalize here is how it works for you.  Lets say you hire a remodeling contractor to build an addition on to your home.  Of course there will be material suppliers and subcontractors that will perform work on your project.  Once the material is delivered or work started by a trade contractor they now have an interest in your property.  In order for them…

Workers Compensation Insurance

by Bill Reid CGR, President  “If you pay cash I can lower my price”  If you hear this run.  This is the first sign that you are dealing with a person that does not run a reputable business.  Why is this?  Because not only is this flaky contractor planning not to report the income to the IRS he also doesn`t`t plan to claim his payroll to the insurance companies.  This is against the law and typical profile of a contractor that does not intend to be around very long. Many homeowners are tempted to accept this offer but be aware of the risks.  Once you agree to this you have now insured your own project.  Should an employee become injured on your project be prepared to cover the costs because your next in…