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Building a Home?

If you are in the market for a new home, you should shop for your builder as carefully as you would shop for your home. You will want to know that you are buying a good-quality home form a reputable builder.

The State of Louisiana requires a residential contractor to be licensed if he is building a home for another valued at $50,000 or more in a permitting area. In addition, he must show proof of workers compensation insurance for those employed on the job and general liability.

Buying a new home is one of the biggest and most important purchases one makes in a lifetime. By doing your homework, you will be able to shop for a home with a sense of confidence and the knowledge that will help you make the right decision.


Make sure your builder has the proper license. Visit www.lslbc.louisiana.gov and click on "Find a Contractor"

  Doing It Yourself?

As a home owner, if you take out a construction permit: 

  • You are, in fact, doing the work yourself.
  • You become responsible for any accident or injury to any person on or around your property.
  • Acting as your own general contractor, you are subject to being held responsible for any damage that may result from this construction.
  • Your homeowner's insurance may not cover expense for these damages or injuries.
  • You will become liable to pay for workman's medical expenses and/or disabilities resulting from accidents or injuries sustained while employed by you.
  • Under current Louisiana law, you are responsible for anyone hurt while working on or around the construction site.



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