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Tips on How To Hire A Contractor

  • 1. Hire only state-licensed contractors.
  • 2. Check a contractor's license number online at www.cslb.ca.gov or by calling 1-800-321-2752.
  • 3. Get at least three bids
  • 4. Make sure all project expectations are in writing and only sign the contract if you completely understand the terms.
  • 5. Confirm the contractor's workers compensation insurance policy for employees (This is very important! If the contractor has no workers comp and the employee gets hurt on your property, you could be sued). Also make sure they have liability insurance to cover any property damage.
  • 6. Never pay more than 10% down or $1000.00, whichever is less.
  • 7. Don't let payments get ahead of the work.
– California State Contractors Board

Owners - Builders Beware

An owner-builder is what the term indicates: the person owns the property and acts as the general contractor on the job, and
either does the work or has employees (or licensed subcontractors) work on the project.

Some homeowners believe they can save money by not hiring a licensed general contractor to oversee property improvements.
Or, they try to save money by hiring unlicensed individuals and lying on the permit application by saying they, as homeowners,
will do the work.

Unfortunately, most homeowners don’t know they can face very serious legal and financial problems if they choose to be an
owner-builder and don’t follow the law.

– California State Contractors Board

Things to consider when using an unlicensed contractor

Why are they unlicensed?

It is not hard nor expensive to obtain a Contractors License – the requirements are to pass a background check and to provide proof of work experience. Which means many Unlicensed Contractors have no work experience resulting in poor work and worse they could be a criminal and you are letting them in your home around your family.

What happens if they get hurt on your property while working?

Must will not be able to secure Workers Compensation Insurance meaning they will be forced to file a claim against your homeowners insurance.

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