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.