Q: What can I do to be on the lookout for contractor scams?
A: According to the California License Contract Board, there are many tips to making sure your contractor measures up and is working legally. For more information: http://www.cslb.ca.gov/Resources/GuidesAndPublications/TenTips.pdf
Hire only state-licensed contractors
Check a contractor’s license number online at www.cslb.ca.gov or by calling 800.321.2752
Get at least three bids
Get three references from each bidder and review past work in person
Make sure all project expectations are in writing and only sign the contract if you understand the terms.
Confirm that the contractor has workers compensation insurance for employees.
Avoid paying more than 10% down or $1,000 whichever is less. Avoid paying cash.
Avoid letting payments get ahead of the work.
Keep a job file of all papers relating to your project, including payments.
Avoid making the final payment until you are satisfied with the job.