In Alaska, most contractors that perform residential home improvements must be licensed by the Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing.
Although Alaska does not require contractors to pass an exam, the state maintains strict insurance, bonding, and business registration.
Contractors in Alaska are required to carry both general liability and workers' compensation insurance.
Alaska requires all contractors to obtain a surety bond. In the event of faulty work, or a breach of contract, a homeowner may file a claim against the contractors bond.
Alaska does not run a criminal background check before licensing contractors so if this is a consideration, you can double-check their background on the Alaska Department of Public Safety Website.
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The Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development recommends that homeowners insist on a detailed written contract. A home improvement contract is a written agreement defining exactly what work will be performed, the materials used, the start and completion dates, the total cost of the project, and a payment schedule.