What if I want to hire a contractor?

If you are planning improvements to your property and do not want to do the work yourself, the following suggestions can help you select a contractor:

  • The phone book is a good source as well as references from neighbors and/or friends.
  • Find out how long the contractor has been in business in the area.
  • Check references; make sure they are valid by contacting those for whom the contractor has performed construction work.
  • Contact the Better Business Bureau at 651-699-1111 to see if complaints have been registered against the contractor.
  • Check to be sure that the contractor has insurance coverage and is bonded. State law requires contractors to be licensed by the State, this licensing law benefits both consumers and contractors. To verify licensing, call the Department of Commerce Licensing Division at 651-296-6319.

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1. I am a homeowner; can I pull my own permits?
2. What if I want to hire a contractor?
3. Who must be licensed?
4. Whose responsibility is it to see that the building code is followed?
5. What do I do if I'm planning to dig?
6. How do I find my property lines?