Contractors State License Board Catches 17 Unlicensed Contractors In Undercover Investigation
According to recent reports, the California Contractors State License Board’s Statewide Investigative Fraud Team recently cited a number of unlicensed home improvement operators for placing bids over the legal threshold for unlicensed contractors and for violating state advertising rules after a two-day undercover sting in Santee.
From the Press Release
“If someone hands you a business card or has a fancy ad, that doesn’t necessarily mean they are qualified to do the job,” said Dave Fogt, CSLB Registrar in the press release on March 26. “A California licensed contractor should have his or her license number listed on all business cards and advertisements, and consumers should always verify the license number with CSLB.”
A list of cited operators is included in the article on the CSLB’s website.
What’s this mean for San Diego Homeowners?
The Bad News: This local sting operation cited 17 fraudulent companies, but this is just a small portion of the unlicensed, fraudulent and even predatory companies that exist in San Diego. At best, getting tricked by this type of company will lead to faulty work and disappointment. At worst, it can cost large amounts of money and even can put your home and family at risk.
The Good News: There are free and easy tools anyone can use to find great contractors and ensure your home improvement project goes well. You can always go to the Contractors State License Board website to research any company’s license status and history. And here at Approved Home Pros, we’re always happy to help. We’re a local, free resource that uses experts to screen and vet companies and recommend the very best in each trade, so you can hire pros you find through us with confidence. Using these tools takes a second, but saves far more than time.