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Are you a California contractor moving to Florida? Or a Florida contractor packing up and heading West? Or maybe you’re in another state and wondering which of these two popular areas of the country is best for construction contractors? We’ve got you covered. In this article, we’ll take a look at the basics for contractors looking to make the jump …
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There’s a chance that you’ve heard something about potential changes coming to California legislation regarding workplace safety. In recent years, several discussions have brought about a change in the way that California businesses view workers’ comp overall. One major topic influencing this is California Assembly Bill 5 also known as AB5. In 2019, when AB5 was signed into law, the …
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There’s no way around it, builders and property owners working on making changes to buildings and structures must keep safety and quality in construction practices at the top of their minds. So whether you’re a seasoned contractor or a novice observer of California building codes, this guide will help you remain compliant throughout your construction projects. We will cover the …
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For clients and homeowners sorting out budget details for their construction projects, the question of whether or not contractors pay for materials is bound to come up. The answer to this question relies on the terms of the written contract, and the scope of the project, and it also relies on spoken agreements made between the contractor and their client. …
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For contractors looking to commit their careers to keeping the world clean, fresh, and safe, the C-42 Sanitation License is the way to go. In this comprehensive guide, we are going to spell out what this license is all about, how it relates to and differs from the C-36 Plumbing License, and also what you’ll need if you want to …
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Thinking about getting into the small but lucrative world of elevator installation, maintenance, and modernization? Good idea! As California continues to address its well-documented housing problem, elevator contractors will continue to be in high demand. Just think about all the new apartment complexes you’ve seen in your area in recent years – all of them need someone to do their …
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For better or worse, construction work is a risky business. Mistakes happen, damages are incurred, and compensation must be paid to make it right. Independent construction contractors – usually Class C contractors – who get hired for specific aspects of construction projects know this well, so the cost of insurance might weigh heavy on the mind. General contractors oversee a …
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Asking for a friend? Only kidding – if you’re here, you’re probably wondering who is and is not eligible for locking down a general contractor’s license. It makes sense that so many people want to be a general contractor. This lucrative career path involves overseeing large construction projects that can reap huge rewards for contractors – providing a way for …
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Hiring a contractor to do work on your home in California? Or maybe you’re engaging a subcontractor as a general contractor? In either case, you may wonder whether it’s illegal to hire an unlicensed contractor to perform the work you need done. You probably know by now that it’s illegal in the state of California to do construction work without …
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Licensed HVAC contractors are very busy people. From installing, repairing, and maintaining the systems that cool, heat, and ventilate our air, these C-20 specialty license-holding heroes – like you – are responsible for keeping us comfortable indoors year-round. Whether your concerns are more residential or if you want to know about HVAC news for commercial spaces, this guide is for …
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As we dig into another year, it’s good to check in with the state and federal landscaping laws that keep contractors and their clients safe from project to project. It’s important to remember that local ordinances and special permitting for landscaping are often city or neighborhood-specific. So after reviewing these broad strokes, check with the authorities who govern the area …
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Want to get a contractor’s license in California, but don’t have any experience? Can you even get a contractor’s license without experience? In this article, we’ll cover the ins and outs of getting a contractor license with no experience in California. Let’s take a look at the journey from a person with a dream and no experience to becoming a …
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The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) can sometimes be vague and confusing about what they require of their contractors – and insurance and bonding is no exception. This always-changing landscape of protective measures, unpaid principal, and bureaucratic red tape can create a bewildering display of confusing and seemingly contradictory requirements. When it comes to understanding what bonds and insurance you …
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Whether you’re new to roofing in California or a seasoned, CSLB-licensed contractor – you have to renew your contractor license every two years. That is, if you want to stay licensed, and; therefore, to stay compliant with state law. Maintaining compliance with the Contractors State License Board is critical for roofers to be able to operate legally in the state. …
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Whether you are an individual or a business looking to get started on construction and renovation projects, the path to obtaining a contracting license can be a daunting one. As we’ve covered in previous articles, it costs a lot of money just to get yourself in a position to apply for a contractor’s license – let alone become a licensed …
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A friendly reminder to all C-61-/D-49 contractors: your license is changing! Any contractor working on tree trimming jobs will require a C-49 License in roughly 90 days. The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) has introduced a new classification – the C-49 contractors’ license replaces the C-61 and D-49 licenses. This new classification is specifically for Tree and Palm Contractors – …
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What is the Minor Work Exemption? The Minor Work Exemption in California allows certain types of construction work to be performed without a contractor’s license. This exemption, outlined in California Business & Professions Code Section 7048, applies when the aggregate contract price for labor, materials, and all other items is less than $500. The work is considered of casual, minor, …
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If you’re a contractor, engineer, or someone looking to begin a career down either of these paths, you have probably wondered about the CSLB Class A General Engineering License. This license covers all the activities of a general engineering contractor in California – everything from planning an interstate highway project to fixing the irrigation system on the Capitol building. We’ll …
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You need to know so many different things to be a successful licensed contractor in California. From passing the CSLB Law and Business exam to knowing how to register as a business in California, to knowing the ins and outs of your local zoning and business codes — there’s a billion areas of knowledge that require a contractor’s understanding and …
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If you’re a new California contractor or you’re simply looking to become a construction contractor in the state, it may seem like a daunting task to stay compliant and within the bounds of the legal requirements put forth by the State and the various authorities in charge of maintaining safety and construction standards. California is notorious for its regulatory eagerness, …
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