Make sure everything is in writing. The contract is one of the best ways to prevent problems before you begin. The contract protects you and the contractor by including everything you have both agreed upon. Get all promises in writing and spell out exactly what the contractor will and will not do.
Permits? Your contract should call for all work to be performed in accordance with all applicable building codes. The building codes set minimum safety standards for construction. Generally, a building permit is required whenever structural work is involved. The contractor should obtain all necessary building permits. If this is not specified in the contract, you may be held legally responsible for failure to obtain the required permit. The building department will inspect your roof when the project has reached a certain stage and again when the roof is completed.
Insurance? Make sure the contractor carries worker’s compensation insurance and general liability insurace in case of accidents on the job. Ask to have copies of these policies for your job file.
For more specific information on contracts, order or download CSLB’s FREE BOOKLET, Home Improvement Contracts: Terms of Agreement at the Contractors State License Board’s website.
NCBE seminars and workshops on various topics relating to the construction industry are held throughout the year on topics such as Lien Law, Business Management, Cal/OSHA, and more.