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Do's & Don'ts For California Consumers
What You Should Know Before You Hire a Contractor (PDF)
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
Are contractors required to be licensed, bonded, and carry worker’s compensation insurance?
How do I check if a contractor has an active and valid license through the State of California?
Are there any guides or pamphlets for consumers regarding hiring contractors and home improvement projects?
If a building permit is required for my project, is it required that a licensed contractor obtain the permit?
Where do I file a construction complaint?
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