SERVICING YOUR BEST INTEREST
Jeff Kerber Pool Plastering, Inc. has invested a great deal of time and expense to develop what we believe to be the most comprehensive and best contract package in the industry. We will be proud to present this contract to you. This contract has been designed specifically to meet the strict requirements of the Contractors State License Board and to protect your interests and professionally present the information you need to make an informed decision in selecting your contractor.
Some of the information presented here is because it is required by law, but much of the information is presented to make sure you are fully informed as a consumer. After reviewing all the information provided, we believe that you will be confident and comfortable in choosing Jeff Kerber Pool Plastering, Inc. for your project.
We recommend that you carefully review the entire contract to fully understand your rights as an Owner. There are many steps you can follow to protect your best interests, for example:
- Utilize the resources provided by the Contractors State License Board - 1-800-321-2752 or http://www.cslb.ca.gov/
- Deal only with licensed contractors and request to see a pocket license or Home Improvement Sales Registration.
- Do require a written contract.
We recommend you follow this link to read a pamphlet provided by the Contractors State License Board called "What You Should Know Before You Hire a Contractor" http://www.cslb.ca.gov/services/guides.asp#GHIRE. Please feel free to ask your salesperson (or contact our helpful staff) any questions you may have regarding your contract or job.
Did your contractor tell you whether he or she carries Commercial Liability Insurance?
Home improvement contractors are required by law to tell you whether or not they carry Commercial General Liability Insurance. This written statement must accompany the bid, if there is one, and the contract.
What does this insurance cover?
Commercial General Liability Insurance can protect against third-party bodily injury and accidental property damage. It is not intended to cover the work the contractor performs.
Is this insurance required?
No, but the Contractors State License Board strongly recommends that all contractors carry it. The Board cautions you to evaluate the risk to your family and property when you hire a contractor who is not insured. Ask yourself, if something went wrong, would this contractor be able to cover losses ordinarily covered by insurance?
How can you make sure the contractor is insured?
If he or she is insured, your contractor is required to provide you with the name and telephone number of the insurance company. Check with the insurance company to verify that the contractor's insurance coverage will cover your project.
What about a contractor who is self-insured?
A self-insured contractor has made a business decision to be personally responsible for losses that would ordinarily be covered by insurance. Before contracting with a self-insured contractor, ask yourself, if something went wrong, would this contractor be able to cover losses ordinarily covered by insurance? Jeff Kerber Pool Plastering, Inc. is fully insured including Commercial General Liability Insurance, Worker's Comp Insurance and other policies. To verify coverage, call: Jeff Kerber Pool Plastering, Inc. at 800-560-7946
CONTRACTOR / CONTRACT CHECKLIST
Check out your Contractor:
- Did you contact the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) to check the status of the contractor's license?
- Contact the CSLB at 1-800-321-CSLB (2752) or visit their website: www.cslb.ca.gov
- Did you get at least 3 local references from the contractors you are considering? Did you call them?
- Building Permits - will the contractor get a permit before the work starts?
Check out the Contract:
- Did you read and do you understand your contract?
- Does the 3-day right to cancel a contract apply to you? Contact the CSLB if you don't know.
- Does the contract tell you when work will start and end?
- Does the contract include a detailed description of the work to be done, the material to be used, and equipment to be installed?
- This description should include a plan and scale drawing showing shape, size, dimensions and specification. It should include brand names, model numbers, quantities and colors. Specific descriptions now will prevent disputes later. Are you required to pay a down payment? The down payment for swimming pools should never be more than 2% of the contract price or $200, whichever is less.
- Is there a schedule of payments? If there is a schedule of payments, you should pay only as work is completed and not before. There are some exceptions - contact the CSLB to find out what they are.
- Did you know changes or additions to your contract must all be in writing? Putting changes in writing reduces the possibility of a later dispute.