Hire a Licensed Contractor!

Hire a Licensed Contractor

MONTGOMERY–The Home Builders Licensure Board maintains an official list of 2022
licensed residential homebuilders for the state and urges consumers to check the list before doing business with a homebuilder, remodeler, or roofer. The Board’s website
(www.hblb.alabama.gov) contains a wealth of information to help protect Alabama’s
consumers from dishonest and/or unqualified contractors.
The state homebuilders and remodelers license is required when the cost of the job is more than $10,000. The state roofers license is required when the cost of a roofing job is more than $2,500.00. However, consumers are encouraged to seek out licensees of the Board even if the scope of the work is less than $10,000 or $2,500 for a roof.
The Board outlined steps consumers should take when working with a builder:
• Ask if they are licensed. Ask to see the card! The HBLB license is credit card-sized
license – a sample is listed on HBLB’s website. You may check on a builder’s license status by calling 1-800-304-0853, or by visiting www.hblb.alabama.gov.
• Ask for and check references, especially if the builder makes unsolicited contact with
you or is from out-of-town.
• Make sure quotes and contracts are in writing. Under state law, licensed
homebuilders must use a written contract. Make sure it includes the contractor’s full name, address, telephone number, a description of the work to be performed, starting and estimated completion dates, and the total cost of the job. The contract must be signed by all parties.
• NEVER make a full payment or substantial down payment up front. Do not make a
final payment until you are satisfied, and all subcontractors have been paid. If they tell you that more money is needed in advance, be wary.
• Ask for proof of insurance, including workers compensation and general liability.
For information contact the Home Builders Licensure Board, 445 Herron Street, Montgomery, Alabama 36104, (334) 242-2230 or 1-800-304-0853  www.hblb.alabama.gov.