Homeowner Checklists (From The
Contractors State License Board)
This step provides a list of some
questions homeowners can ask themselves to see if their contract
- Did you contact the Contractors State License Board
(CSLB) on-line to
check the status of the contractor's license or did you
call the CSLB for status at 1-800-321-CSLB (2752)?
- Did you get at least three local references from the
contractors you are considering?
- Did you call them and see the work the contractor
- Does the contract require the contractor get any needed
permits before the work starts?
- Are the permit fees included in the contract?
- Did you read and do you understand your contract?
- Does the 3-day right to cancel a contract apply to you?
- Does the contract tell you when 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
- If you are making a down payment make sure it is no more
than 10% of the contract price or $1,000, whichever is less.
- Is there a schedule of payments? If there is, you should
pay only as work is completed and not before.
- Did your contractor give you a "Notice to Owner," a
warning notice describing liens and ways to prevent them?
- Did you know changes or additions to your contract must
all be in writing? Putting changes in writing reduces the
possibility of a later dispute.
Use this list and review all other sections of the
Hire a Contractor portion of this website to help you to
achieve a positive contracting experience.