Interesting Facts About Contractors
by Dan Derkum
The California Contractors License Law published some interesting information.
Here are some items in particular I think you’ll enjoy. As of January 1, 2015:
1. The population of California is 37,253,956.
2. There are 286,217 licensed Contractors. Of these, only 102,284 are active General Contractors (Class B). The requirements for becoming a General Contractor require substantially more experience, training, and schooling than any of the other 44 trade classifications that constitute the construction industry except for General Engineers.
3. Of the 102,284 active General Contractors, it’s estimated that less than half (51,142) specialize in residentialhome remodeling. That’s 1 Contractor for every 728 people. There are not that many. Why? It takes decades of knowledge, experience, and training to become a professional, competent, skilled residential home remodeler. Find a great one like DAD’s and don’t let go!
4. According to the California Contractors State License Board (CSLB), unlicensed contractors generate 97% of the 20,000 consumer complaints they get each year.
5. Each year, the CSLB conducts sting operations to catch unlicensed individuals throughout the State. These operations have netted people who had drugs and drug paraphernalia in their possession, convicted attempted murders, registered sex offenders, residing illegally, etc. “Some scary people who you wouldn’t want in your home or possibly around your kids,” said CSLB. These bad guys would not have passed the required criminal background check to get a license.
6. Unlicensed individuals can only advertise for construction work they are legally able to perform without a license and the work cannot exceed $500 in value (includes all labor and materials). A job can’t be broken down into multiple $500 increments to avoid prosecution.
7. The CSLB, “When participating in the activities of the Joint Enforcement Strike Force on the Underground Economy pursuant to Section 329 of the Unemployment Insurance Code, the enforcement division shall have free access to all places of labor.” This is a big change. What this means is that if it’s determined that you have unlicensed individuals working in your home, CSLB enforcement and police/sheriff officers can legally enter your home without a warrant. Imagine this while you’re at work! Your home is raided and there is nothing you can say or do about it. Better make sure everyone is properly licensed that’s working on your home!
About the Author
Dan A. Derkum is the owner of DAD’s Construction, a leading South Orange County, California design-and-build remodeling and renovation contractor.