Make sure that you get full contact information from the contractor before hiring him to repair your home. Get the person’s name, address, and phone number. If the person uses only a P.O. Box, get her or his business and personal street address. Also, ask the person to show you picture identification.
It is recommended that you hire only contractors licensed by the State of Louisiana Licensing Board for Contractors. Ask the contractor if he is licensed.
If the contractor is licensed, be sure to get the license number. Then verify the contractor's license number by calling the Board at 225-765-2301 or by searching the State of Louisiana Licensing Board Online Contractor Search. Call the Board and ask whether there have been any complaints about or disputes with the contractor.
If a contractor tells you that he is working under the license of a licensed contractor, call the licensed contractor to verify this and get a letter in writing from the licensed contractor confirming that the contractor will be performing the work on your home under his license.
Read all the fine print before signing a contract to repair your home. Do not sign the contract until you understand all the terms completely.