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Seismic Retrofit Blog

Nov
01
Pro vs Amateur - Selecting a Soft-Story Contractor | How to Avoid Getting Scammed


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Lots of people are doing retrofits - avoid scammers, snake oil salesmen, and grifters.




When the Los Angeles City Council adopted the “Mandatory Seismic Retrofit” ordinance 183893 in 2016 it created a boom in construction worth upwards of $1.2 Billion dollars. This has triggered a manic gold rush frenzy in freshly minted would-be contractors that did not exist a few years ago. You can tell they are newcomers because their Contractors License No. starts at 100XXX. I have witnessed many cases where contractors pose as a “retrofit expert” but have had a CSLB license for less 6 months, and I’ve seen other cases where the wannabe “expert” doesn’t ev...


Nov
14