Working with Contractors

Seven tips for working with contractors

  1. Avoid any contractor who requires advance payment. Arrange to pay after the work is completed or in regular payments

  2. Ask to see their state contractor's license. Check that the license you are shown matches the person showing it. Ask to see additional identification if you're still not sure.

  3. Determine how long a contractor has been in business. You may wish to check with local building supply retailers. An established contractor with a reputation for using quality materials and paying his or her bills with suppliers is more likely to do quality work for you.

  4. Don't sign the work completion certificate until all work is completed to your satisfaction.

  5. Ask for references of persons whom the contractor has done work for and check them out.

  6. Check the Contractors State License Board website to make sure their contractors license is current. »click here

  7. Avoid paying cash. Reputable contractors won't object to reasonable provisions for consumer protection.