Top Ten Tips for Hiring a Contractor

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Top Ten Tips for Hiring a Contractor:


1.Hire only state-licensed contractors

2.Check a contractor’s license number online at www.cslb.ca.gov or by calling 800.321.CSLB (2752).

3.Get at least three bids.

4.Get 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 terms.

6.Confirm that the contractor has workers’ compensation insurance for employees.

7.Never pay more than 10% down or $1,000, whichever is less. Don’t pay in cash.

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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 the job.


The governing body here in California is the California State Licensing Board, your local state may have different suggestions for hiring. 

 

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  3. Gene Riemenschneider 01/02/2012 09:38 PM
  4. Kathy Schowe 01/03/2012 06:40 PM
  5. Jerry Newman 01/03/2012 09:10 PM
  6. Lynn B. Friedman 11/29/2012 05:40 AM
  7. Charles Stallions 11/29/2012 06:54 PM
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Good Morning Tom, I got here thanks to Lynn.  These tips would make a great poster inside any municipality's building department.  So glad you posted it here too!

November 29, 2012 05:51 AM
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Tom: You always have the best advice. Anyone who does not follow this particular one is doing so at their peril. Usually those who do NOT hire licensed contractors, think they are saving money. But these people get ripped off in so many ways.

November 29, 2012 08:23 AM
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Tom Arstingstall
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Thank you Lynn for the reblog, I too have to be reminded of the importance of these tips.

November 29, 2012 03:53 PM
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Kevin - I appreciate you stopping in and commenting. the tips are good for the client as well as the contractor himself.

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You will have to ask my boys about the "best advice" idea, they may have a different view.  :)

The tips have been proven, it would be a shame to learn the hard way, but people still do.

Thanks Hella.

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