Hiring Contractors

Do's & Don'ts For California Consumers

Tips on Hiring Contractors

  • Hire only licensed contractors
  • Check contractor's license numbers at 800-321-2752 or on the Contractor State License Boards' website
  • Get three references, review past work
  • Get a written contract and don't sign anything until you completely understand the terms
  • Pay 10% down, or $1000, whichever is less
  • Don't let payments get ahead of work. Keep records of payments
  • Don't make final payment until you're satisfied with the job
  • Don't pay cash
  • Keep a job file of all papers relating to your project