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Original post made on Mar 12, 2014

The perfect utopian home would be something like this: light bulbs that never went out, living room paint that remained forever crisp and vibrant, drains that never backed up and doors that never got stuck.

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Posted by Imigrants Rock Too
a resident of another community
on Mar 12, 2014 at 8:56 pm

There you go Magana, you show them you can do it. b

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Posted by Johnny
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Mar 12, 2014 at 10:10 pm

The State of California has taken the position that if you hire an unlicensed person to work on your house you must treat them an an employee, withholding taxes, unemployment insurance, and pay for workers comp. This is unfortunately put a lot of folks who work in the "handyman" field in a position where they cannot get work because of the tangle of laws that govern the unsuspecting homeowner. If you pay them less than $600 you are unlikely to come under scrutiny, any more than that you are potentially at risk. If they hurt themselves while working on your home you may be liable, check you insurance policy to make sure you are covered for such incidents before you hire someone. Verify insurance with licensed contractors as well.

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Posted by Homeowner Beware
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 13, 2014 at 11:42 am

After researching the "handymen" mentioned in this article none of the four are licensed by The Contractors State License Board (Web Link). Homeowners beware!

The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) protects consumers by licensing and regulating California's construction industry. There are about 300,000 licensed contractors in the state, in 43 different licensing classifications. In addition to educating consumers about contractors and construction law, CSLB activities include administering examinations to test prospective licensees, issuing licenses, investigating complaints against licensed and unlicensed contractors, issuing citations, suspending or revoking licenses, and seeking administrative, criminal, and civil sanctions against violators. In fiscal year 2012-13, CSLB helped recover nearly $44 million in ordered restitution for consumers.

CSLB's Statewide Investigative Fraud Team (SWIFT) works to eliminate unlicensed contractors working in California. Undercover sting and sweep operations are conducted weekly around the state. SWIFT encourages you to report unlicensed activity and/or report an unlicensed contractor who is advertising illegally.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Mar 13, 2014 at 5:48 pm

Badges? We ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges! I don't have to show you any stinkin' badges!

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Posted by stacey
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 16, 2014 at 2:13 am

New home owner and really young 1 too. Being a female and home owner in this aria has been a challenge but having a qualified handyman
on my side has been a life saver; from a
leaking roof just a few week back and some plumbing can't complain. It has been less than what some contractors have vaulted.

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Posted by stastacey
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 16, 2014 at 2:15 am


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