|Did you read and do you understand your contract?
Does the three-day right to cancel a contract apply to you?
Contact the CSLB if you don’t know.
Does the contract tell you when work will start and end?
Does the contract include a complete description of the work to be done, the material that will be used and equipment to be installed?
This description should include a scale drawings, brand names, model numbers, quantities, and colors.
Specific descriptions now will prevent disputes later.
Are you required to pay a down payment?
The down payment should never be more than 10% of the contract price or $1,000, whichever is less.
Is there a schedule of payments?
If there is a schedule of payments, you should pay only as work is completed and not before.
There are some exceptions - contact the CSLB: www.cslb.ca.gov or 1-800-321-CSLB (2752) to find out what they are.
Did your contractor give you a “Notice to Owner,” a warning notice describing liens and ways to prevent them?
Even if you pay your contractor, a lien can be placed on your home by unpaid laborers, subcontractors, or material suppliers.
A lien can result in you paying twice or, in some cases, losing your home in a foreclosure.
Check the “Notice to Owner,” for ways to protect yourself.
Did you know changes or additions to your contract must be in writing?
Putting changes in writing reduces the possibility of any later dispute.