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COUNCIL ON AGING - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

HOUSING

Anyone performing
home improvement
work valued at $500
or more (combined
labor and material
costs) must be
licensed.

What Seniors Should Know
Before Hiring A Contractor
Have a clear idea of the work you want and the finished project before you call in the professionals. Find
the best contractor for your construction project by
taking a few easy steps before you get started-it'll save
you a bundle in unexpected expenses, time, and stress.
Anyone performing home improvement work
valued at $500 or more (combined labor and material costs) must be licensed by the Contractors State
License Board (CSLB). CSLB-licensed contractors have
passed trade and contractor license law exams, and,
since 2005, have undergone a criminal background
investigation.
Whether you search the telephone directory, a print
or online advertisement, or get recommendations from

friends or neighbors, your first step is to ask the contractor for his or her state contractor license number.
Verify that the number is active and in good standing
by checking online at www.cslb.ca.gov,or by calling
800.321.CSLB (2752). CSLB also provides information
about the contractor's bond, workers' compensation
insurance status, and any pending or prior disciplinary
actions.
Common contractor scams include:
Door-to-Door Solicitations: A solicitor may offer
to do roofing, painting or paving work with "leftover"
materials at a "reduced" or significantly discounted
price. Once the payment is made, little or
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