I was at the gym a few days ago and a friend of mine was talking about her fear of hiring a general contractor after a nightmare experience that she had with what ended up being a 2-year kitchen project. I reflected back on my experience about 7 years ago with a contractor who after getting paid by me decided not to pay his subs and my nightmarish experience began. So… I wanted to take a few moments and make a quick list of suggestions by the Contractors State License Board (CSLB):
- Before hiring a contractor, check with California CSLB to make sure their license is solid and there are no complaints against them.
- Never give more than 10 percent of the total home improvement contract price or $1,000, whichever is smaller. It is illegal for a painter, landscaper, or any other type of construction contractor to accept a higher down payment.
- Never pay for work before it is completed.
- Never pay for materials before they are delivered to the property.
- Make sure the written contract contains a progress payment schedule that outlines project phases with all costs and estimated completion dates.
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