In Louisiana, all residential new construction of single family homes requires a contractor to be licensed as a residential building contractor. Home Improvement Contractors need to have a certificate (not a full license) to perform any home improvement contracting services over $7,500 but below $75,000.
Louisiana requires contractors to pass a business and law exam. Continuing education is mandatory for all contractors before renewing their license.
Louisiana requires contractors to maintain general liability insurance, and active workers' compensation policies. Be sure to request copies of certifcates for both workers' compensation and general liability insurance.
Louisiana does not require homeowners to obtain a surety bond. Homeowners in Louisiana can file complaints with the State Licensing Board For Contractors by filling out a Consumer Complaint form.
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Before hiring a contractor in Louisiana, be sure to get at least 3 detailed bids. Quality contractors will take the time to explain their budget proposal,and help guide you through the estimate process. Be wary of an abnormally low bid, they are not worth the risk. These underpriced projects often do not end well for the homeowner, choose a contractor you trust and can clearly communicate with. BuildZoom has made the bid collection process extremely simple (and free). Just click here to get started.