CSLB urges all consumers to follow these tips when hiring a contractor:
only licensed contractors
the license with the CSLB at www.cslb.ca.gov or (800) 321-CSLB
at least three bids and check references
a written contract, and don't sign it until you understand the terms
pay more than 10 percent or $1,000, whichever is less, as a down
pay cash and don't let the payments get ahead of the work.