10 Tips Make Sure Your Contractor Measures Up

  1. Hire only state-licensed contractors.
  2. Check a contractor’s license number online at www.cslb.ca.gov or by calling 800-321-2752.
  3. Get at least three bids.
  4. Get at least three references from each bidder and review past work in person.
  5. Make sure all project expectations are in writing and only sign the contract if you completely understand the term.
  6. Confirm the contractor’s workers’ compensation insurance policy for employees and ask about liability insurance to cover any property damage.
  7. Never pay more than 10% down or $1,000, whichever is less.  Don’t pay in cash.
  8. Don’t let payments get ahead of the work.
  9. Keep a job file of all papers relating to your project, including all payments.
  10. Don’t make the final payment until you’re satisfied with a job.

The above essential tips are not limited to a contractor and can be applied to anyone you are planning to hire for your project; real estate agent, architect, designer, etc..  It is a great way to safeguard your project from any disputes and problems ahead.  So do your homework before hiring!  If you have any questions regarding a permit, please contact our permit runner at 1-855-785-5737.