Question: What is a home-improvement contractor? Is there such a thing as a licensed home-improvement contractor?
Answer: No, there is no such thing as a licensed home-improvement contractor, but there should be. Home improvement is very broadly defined by the state contractors license law as the repairing, remodeling, altering, conversion, modernizing, landscaping, or adding to, including pools, of homes.
In essence, anything done to an existing residential dwelling is probably classified as home improvement. Service and repair contractors such as electricians and plumbers would be defined as home-improvement contractors.
Certain laws, though, are not applicable. In the case of the roofing contractor who expects to be paid after the completion of the project, most home improvement laws do not apply because no formal written home-improvement contract has been executed.