PRINTABLE GUIDES AND PAMPHLETS TO PROTECT CONSUMERS AND CONTRACTORS

PRINTABLE GUIDES AND PAMPHLETS:
TO PROTECT CONSUMERS AND CONTRACTORS

Every good contractor should know what a consumer is looking for in a reputable contractor and what recourses a customer has in order to protect themselves.

Tip

Some of the documents below are provided in a PDF (Portable Document Format) file, which can be viewed or printed using your Web browser and Adobe’s Acrobat Reader software
(How to get the Acrobat Reader).

Consumers

A Homeowner’s Guide to Preventing Mechanic’s Liens

Describes what a homeowner needs to know in order to prevent a mechanic’s lien against their property.

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Conditional and Unconditional Waiver and Release Forms

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A Consumer Guide to Filing a Small Claims Court Construction Claim

What Consumers need to know about filling a small claims court construction claim.

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Information For New Homeowners

If you are considering hiring a contractor to remodel, repair or upgrade your new home and landscape, the following publications can help you make informed decisions, help you select a contractor who is licensed and good standing — and avoid home improvement problems.

A Consumer Guide to Asbestos

What Consumers need to know about asbestos removal. (Available in Spanish.)

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A Consumer Guide to Filing Construction Complaints

Describes how to file complaints against contractors with the CSLB. (Available in Spanish)

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After A Disaster Don’t Get Scammed

Tips on protecting yourself after a disaster.

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Before You Dive Into Swimming Pool Construction…

Provides information on hiring and dealing with swimming pool contractors.

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Mandatory Arbitration Program Guide

Describes the mandatory arbitration program provided by the CSLB for complaints about damages of $7,500 or less.

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Voluntary Arbitration Program Guide

Describes the voluntary arbitration program provided by the CSLB for complaints about damages between $7,500 and $50,000.

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What Seniors Should Know Before Hiring a Contractor

Provides information for Seniors on hiring and dealing with contractors. (Available in Spanish)

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Traveling Contractor Scams Tip Sheet

How to protect yourself from transient criminals’ door-to-door scams.

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What You Should Know Before You Hire a Contractor (Booklet)

Provides information on hiring and dealing with contractors. (Available in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Tagalog and Vietnamese.)

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 Ten Tips for Making Sure Your Contractor Measures Up

(Available in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Tagalog and Vietnamese.)

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Choosing the Right Landscaper

Gives information on choosing the right landscaper.

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Tips for Hiring a Roofing Contractor

Gives information on roof maintenance and hiring and dealing with roofing contractors. (Available in Spanish.)

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Contractors

A Guide to Contractor License Bonds

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Advertising Guidelines for Contractors

Tips and guidelines for contractor advertising.

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Asbestos, A Contractor’s Guide and Open Book Exam (Available in Spanish.)

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Blueprint for Becoming a California Licensed Contractor

Answers to commonly asked questions on how to become a licensed contractor.

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Building Your Career as a Licensed Contractor

The Top 10 Questions on Contractor Licensing. (Available in Spanish)

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Description of Classifications

A pamphlet describing all CSLB classifications. (Available in Spanish.)

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Home Improvement Contracts/Putting the Pieces Together

Detailed information for homeowners and contractors about the requirements of home improvement contracts.

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Study Guides for Licensing Exams

Study guides describe general content of exams, sample questions, and resources for study.

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California Contractors License Law & Reference Book – 2011 Edition

The California Contractors License Law & Reference Book (2011 Edition) is available from Matthew Bender & Company, Inc. in affiliation with LexisNexis. The book with CD-ROM is $14.50 plus $3.60 shipping and handling. Applicable sales tax for your area will also be added (call the toll-free number below for the exact amount). Major credit cards are accepted.

Please select one of the following ways to order your law book with CD-ROM.
Be sure to ask for “California Contractors” (ISBN 0-8205-8062-7).

  • Call toll-free: (800) 562-1197
  • Fax orders toll-free: (800) 828-8341
  • Place your order on the Internet at www.lexis.com. Click on “LexisNexis Bookstore.”
  • Type “California Contractors” in the search box.
  • Order by mail from: Order Fulfillment, LexisNexis, 1275 Broadway, Albany NY 12214-4070.

When ordering by mail, send a check or money order payable to “Matthew Bender & Company, Inc.” and include a street address and the recipient’s name. All orders are shipped by carrier and cannot be delivered to a post office box.

(The 2005 Edition of the California Contractors License Law & Reference Book is not sold at any Contractors State License Board offices.)

California Contractors License Law & Reference Book – 2005 Edition – Online at LexisNexis

Click here to view the 2005 Law Book online at the publisher’s web site.

For Building Departments

Building Official Information Guide

A Q&A for building officials about license classifications and filing complaints.

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