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Gary Geiselman and his crew work on Speedwell Forge, a nearly 250-year-old Lancaster County house that his firm—Olde York Homes in York, PA—is helping convert to a bed-and-breakfast
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Most contractors specialize in one of three areas: new construction, remodeling, or historic restoration. Licensing requirements vary from state to state. In Oregon, for example, anyone who supervises construction or demolition must be licensed. In California, builders and contractors must be licensed if the project cost is $500 or more. In any case, your contractor should meet or exceed the minimum state requirements. Contact your local building department for specifics. You can also check for a state-by-state listing of licensing requirements.

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