- Published on Wednesday, 28 October 2009 03:23
- Written by James Miller - California Contractors State License Board
The California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) answers questions on hiring and managing building contractors.
Q: We are shopping around for a new roof. I’ve received a couple of estimates that are more than we want to pay. I saw an ad in the local paper from a guy just starting out. He offers deeply discounted prices if you let him use your house for advertising. I think it involves just putting a sign out front, saying he roofed your house. Does this sound legit to you?
A: The very fact that you are asking questions about the legitimacy of this should be a tipoff that something may be wrong with the idea. Even more importantly, is this person licensed by the state to do roofing work? It is a fairly old marketing gimmick that usually ends up costing the homeowner the same, if not more, than using another roofing company.
Similar marketing ploys are used for everything from weight loss to home business schemes. You can check out contractors with the CSLB to see if they are licensed and find out if there are complaints posted against them at www.cslb.ca.gov. If you aren’t happy with the current estimates, keep checking with other roofing contractors.
James Miller is chairman of the California Contractors State License Board. For more information or to verify a contractor’s license, bond or workers’ compensation insurance, call (800) 321-2752 or visit www.cslb.ca.gov.