Contractors Facts

Checklist for homeowners:

Pursuant to California Business & Professions Code Section 7159.3 (SB 2029), home improvement contractors must provide this notice.

Check out your contractor:

  • Did you contact the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) to check the status of the contractor’s license? Contact the CSLB at1-800-321-CSLB (2752) or visit the website
  • Did you get 3 local references from the contractors you are considering?
    Did you call them?
  • Building Permits
    will the contractor get a permit before the work starts?

Review the contract carefully:

  • Did you read and do you understand your contract?
  • Does the 3-day right to cancel a contract apply to you?
    (Contact the CSLB if you don’t know)
  • Does the contract tell you when the work will start and end?
  • Does the contract include a detailed description of the work to be done, the material to be used, and equipment to be installed? This description should include brand names, model numbers, quantities and colors. Specific descriptions now will prevent disputes later.
  • Are you required to pay a down payment?
    If you are, the down payment should never be more than 10% of the contract price or $1,000, whichever is less.
  • Is there a schedule of payments?
    If there is a schedule of payments, you should pay only as work is completed and not before. There are some exceptions contact the CSLB to find out what they are.
  • Did your contractor give you a “Notice to Owner," a warning notice describing liens and ways to prevent them? Even if you pay your contractor, a lien can be placed on your home by unpaid laborers, subcontractors, or material suppliers. A lien can result in you paying twice or, in some cases, losing your home in foreclosure. Check the “Notice to Owner" for ways to protect yourself.
  • Did you know changes or additions to your contract must be in writing? Putting changes in writing reduces the possibility of a later dispute.