An online license search is available through the State of Michigan website. Or, call the State of Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Bureau of Commercial Services Licensing Division at 517-373-8376 to verify the licensing status of a builder or contractor.
Ask to see certificates of insurance of liability and worker’s compensation. Are they current? Are they issued in the correct company name?
Remember to get everything in writing. Any quotes or contracts should include the builder’s name, business address and phone, and a detailed description of the work being done, materials being used, start and completion dates, method of payment, and payment schedule. Warranty periods should be clearly stated.
There must be a permit for work done in the City and the accompanying green board must be posted and visible from the street. Make sure your builder obtains a permit before work starts.