Because of potential liability, municipal agencies generally will not certify or recommend private contractors to residents. For homeowners concerned about earthquakes, this lack of local guidance adds yet another obstacle in the way of home strengthening.
Residents interested in finding qualified contractors to bid on their home retrofit job can obtain from the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) a list of licensed contractors who have completed training for the seismic retrofit of wood-frame homes, conducted by ABAG and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Homeowners who would like to hire a contractor to perform their seismic upgrades can access detailed background information about contractors which can simplify the hiring process.
For more information, call (510) 577-3405.