Consumer Resources

Idaho’s PBCLRB offers voluntary contractor licensing to the state’s building industry professionals. 

Consumers

Find Out if Your Contractor is Licensed

Tips for hiring a contractor

Legal issues for consumers

  • Hire only licensed contractors.
  • Check the contractor’s state Registration and
  • Professional Building Contractor license status.
  • Check references.
  • Get a written contract and don’t sign anything until you fully understand the terms.
  • Do not agree to deposits greater than 10% or $1,000, whichever is less.
  • Do not pay in cash and keep good records of all payments.
  • Maintain a file of all transactions for services and goods.

Warning Signs:

  • Door-to-door canvassing of neighborhoods selling “leftover materials” at a cheap price.
  • Salespeople that use high-pressure or scare tactics.
  • Companies that use P.O. Boxes without street addresses or do not have a local telephone number.
  • Companies that offer free inspections and then offer to fix the “problems” they find.
  • Contractors that demand payment in cash or payment in advance.
  • Companies or contractors that do not provide a written contract, job references or proof of licensure and registration with the state.

Don’t Get Scammed!

The Idaho Contractor License Review Board warns consumers to be wary of those unscrupulous people who take advantage of homeowners with various painting, roofing, and paving scams. These scams often target those most vulnerable, such as the elderly or recent immigrants. The perpetrators are gone within hours, leaving consumers without recourse or redress.

If you believe you have been targeted by an unscrupulous contractor or building company, please contact the Idaho PBCLRB.

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