Tips to Hire a Contractor

Provided by the California Contractors State License Board, here are 10 tips in assisting you to making the correct decision in hiring a contractor.

  1. Hire only licensed contractors.
  2. Check a contractor’s license number online at or by calling
    800-321-CSLB (2752)
  3. Get three references, review past work.
  4. Get at least three bids.
  5. Get a written contract and don’t sign anything until you completely understand
    the terms.
  6. Never pay more than 10% down or $1,000, whichever is less.
  7. Don’t let your payments get ahead of their work. Keep records of payments.
  8. Don’t make final payment until you’re satisfied with the job.
  9. Don’t pay cash.
  10. Keep a job file of all papers relating to your project.

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