PASADENA HOME-WORK CHECKERS can check the historical data on contractors’ work by the City of Pasadena Building Permit data. It will search city’s data with the L.A. County Assessor’s Office data to let the homeowner know if a contractor has done their job. Also, PASADENA HOME-WORK CHECKERS will utilize the California State Licensing Board if a contractor is still valid and in good standings. This platform will give the homeowners a better, concrete way of checking a contractor than a so-called referral or review on online websites. It will also check the land parcel's number,details of property, map location (using ESRI api), tax records, home's history of construction (who did the work), home value, details of records of all permits and completed work.

Have you been screwed or been victimized by a contractor?

There are so many victimized homeowners who loose so much money and their value of the home to the brink of bankruptcy that it ruins lives.

Don’t let this be you.

No one sets out to hire a bad contractor, but homeowners in the midst of remodeling or building projects do it every day. Whether you do your research, check Better Business Bureau or go to websites like Angie’s List, there are thousands of homeowners who get screwed by crooked, lazy or devious contractors. Or even worse, worked done by unskilled workers that slap together a poor job that you pay for amenities that never get installed or work that is subpar or maybe the contractor disappears altogether. BUT homeowners are always left stranded that they are picking up the pieces when things go wrong. Depending on where the homeowner lives and what resources are available, a homeowner’s options for recourse vary.

There are options for homeowners by making a complaint, seek reimbursement from a contractor’s bond, small claims court or let the state licensing board mediate the situation. Although requirements can vary by state and even by city, when a company tells you it’s bonded, there’s an agreement between the customer, the contractor and the agent that issues the bond (typically an insurance company). The bond is a guarantee that the contractor will perform the services outlined in the contract, and if he or she fails to do so, the customer can report the problem to the issuing agent and receive compensation. Bonds can protect homeowners from shoddy work, project abandonment, damage to the property and any unpaid supply or labor charges, but not always.

Another challenge homeowners could face is dealing with a mechanic’s lien. While the exact law will vary state to state, any contractor, subcontractor or supplier who performs work or furnishes material to improve the value of your property but isn’t paid for that work or supplies, has a right to place a lien on the property and take you to court in order to obtain payment. They’re a powerful tool that can wreak havoc on a project by tying up bank loans, clouding title ownership and scaring away potential contractors.

Just to hire a GOOD contractor is hard! Where are all the GOOD ONES!


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