What You Need to Know About Building in Wisconsin

Jo Duller

Licenses

All Wisconsin contractors are required to hold a 1-2 Family UDC license with two credentials from the Wisconsin Safety and Buildings Division; one is the Dwelling Contractor Certification and the other is the Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification. All other persons or entities, who engage in the construction business or offer to engage in the construction business that affects public buildings, places of employment and one- and 2- family dwellings must hold Building Contractor Registration. License and registration numbers may be verified online at http://commerce.wi.gov/SB/.

Beginning in April 2010, federal law requires contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects which disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.

Lakewood Companies' own Project Manager, Crystal Newport, is certified to test for lead dust, and mitigate lead in a home or building's internal environment.

Permits

Wisconsin requires permits for construction projects, even for smaller jobs such as decks. A professional contractor will obtain all permits. If a contractor asks a homeowner to obtain a permit, he may not be licensed or registered subcontractor. All of Lakewood Companies€ subcontractors have current insurance coverage and licenses. During our initial stages, the homeowner will be introduced to each trade contractor, most of whom are long time partners of Lakewood Companies.

Insurance

All Wisconsin contractors are required to carry general liability insurance and worker's compensation. The general liability policy should carry limits of not less than one to two million dollars. Ask for copies of insurance certificates and check that they are current. If a contractor does not carry the appropriate insurance, a homeowner could be held liable for injuries and damages that occur during a project.

Project Management

Lakewood Companies employs a "project manager" model of management. A Project Manager, is the homeowner's primary contact throughout the entire project.

Project Schedule

Lakewood Companies is committed to staying on schedule, finishing in a timely manner. Homeowners receive a detailed schedule to monitor progress.

Payment Schedule

A payment schedule is provided that notes when milestone payments are due. This prevents surprises and delays in the project's progress.

Warranty

Lakewood Companies stands behind its work with a Two-Year Limited Warranty, in writing, within the contract.

Job Site

Lakewood Companies' employees and subcontractors are trained to treat a home as if it were their own. While no one can promise that a home will be 100% dust free 100% of the time, dust curtains are employed to seal off the area under construction. Floors are covered with protective materials specific to the type of floor. Work areas are swept at the end of each work day. At the end of the project, maid service is provided for the work area.


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