Summer will be here soon and some of you may be thinking about a remodeling project. perhaps an outdoor kitchen, updating a bath or even adding a pool or spa. Here are 10 tips to make sure that your contractor measures up.

  1. Hire only licensed contractors.
  2. Check a contractor’s license number online at www.cslb.ca.gov or by calling (800) 321-2752.
  3. Get at least three bids.
  4. Get three references, review past work.
  5. Get a written contract and don’t sign anything until you have completely understood 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 a record of your payments.
  8. Don’t make a final payment until you are 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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