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Homeowner's Guide

Pursuant to California Business & Professions Code Section 7159.3 (SB 2029), Home Improvement Contractors must provide this notice.


Check the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) for the status of the contractor’s license. Call the CSLB at 1-800-321-CSLB (2752), or visit www.cslb.ca.gov Secure three local references from the contractor you intend to hire and make sure to call them. Also make sure the contractor will get a Building Permit before the work starts.

  • Always make sure to read thoroughly and understand the contract.
  • Ask about the 3-day Right to Cancel. (Call the CSLB if you don’t know about this.)
  • Check for project start and completion dates.
  • The contract must have a detailed description of the work, including materials to be used and equipment to be installed. This description should include brand names, model numbers, quantities and all colors. This is to ensure minimal or no disputes later.
  • If you are required to give a down payment, it should never be more than 1% of the contract price or $1,000, whichever is less.
  • Should the contract state a schedule of payments, you should pay only as work is completed, and not before.
  • Make sure your contractor gives 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 workers, subcontractors, or material suppliers. A lien can result in you paying twice or, in some cases, losing your home in foreclosure. Check the “Notice to Owner” for ways to protect yourself.
  • If there should be any additions or changes to the contract, put it in writing. This will prevent any disputes that may arise.


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