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County Executive Office

Nancy Watt - County Executive Officer
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ON  AUGUST  29, 2014

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Contact(s):
Molly Rattigan
Emergency Public Information Officer
(707) 299-1554
molly.rattigan@countyofnapa.org
Cara Mae Wooledge, MPH, Oficial de Información
Pública para la Emergencia
(707) 253-4773
cara.mae.wooledge@countyofnapa.org
County Executive Office
www.countyofnapa.org

1195 Third Street, Suite 310
Napa, CA 94559

Nancy Watt
County Executive Officer

Beware of Contractor Scams and Unlicensed Contractors


The Contractors State License Board and local law enforcement are warning of unlicensed contractor scams in Napa County as repairs begin following the 6.0 magnitude earthquake on August 24, 2014.  Napa County residents and businesses that experienced damage are encouraged to ONLY hire California-licensed contractors.

 

 

 

How do I know if a contractor is licensed? 

Residents can check for licensure by contacting the Contractors State License Board at www.cslb.ca.gov or www.checkthelicensefirst.com, or by calling 1-800-321-CSLB (2752). Property owners can find the licensing background of their contractor and have access to publications and videos that explain consumer rights and best practices when hiring a contractor.

 

 

 

How do I report an unlicensed contractor? 

Sweep and undercover enforcement operations are being planned in the earthquake-affected areas in Napa County. Unlicensed contractors can be reported by calling  (916) 255-2924 or visiting http://www.cslb.ca.gov/Consumers/ReportUnlicensedActivity/.

 

 

 

What should I know before hiring a contractor? 

 The Contractors State License Board recommends the following guidelines before hiring a contractor:

 

  •          Don’t hire the first contractor who comes along;

     

  •          Get at least three bids, check references, and get a written contract;

     

  •          Don’t rush into repairs, no matter how badly they are needed;

     

  •          Hire only licensed contractors and ask to see their license and a photo ID to ensure they are who they say they are;   
  •          Don’t pay more than 10 percent or $1,000, whichever is less, as a down payment. There is an exception for about two dozen licenses who carry special bonds to protect consumers. These exceptions are noted on the Contractor State Licenses Board’s website at www.cslb.ca.gov; and

     

  •          Do not pay in cash, and don’t let payments get ahead of the work.

 

 

For more information

 

     

  •          For the latest South Napa Earthquake information from Napa County Visit: www.countyofnapa.org


The Board of Supervisors and staff of Napa County are dedicated to preserving and sustaining Napa County for present and future generations as a community with generous open space, a thriving agricultural industry and a quality human and natural environment.

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