The Contractors State Licensing Board says 11 unlicensed contractors were busted in a recent sting in Rancho Murieta.
Their new angle, according to the board’s Melanie Bedwell, is to offer drought-tolerant landscaping.
“People are looking for opportunities to save money and water,” Bedwell said.
Bedwell says homeowners need to get three solid bids and to make sure no one is cutting corners.
Other tips from the Contractors State Licensing Board:
-Get three references from each bidder and review past work in person.
-Get project expectations in writing, and only sign a contract if you completely understand the terms.
-Never pay more than 10 percent down or $1,000, whichever is less.
-Never pay in cash.
-Don’t make final payment until you’re satisfied with the job.
To check a contractor’s license click here or call (800) 321-2752.
Nicole Comstock filed this report.