Are you kidding me? You can't legally get more then 10% down on a contract job?
For boilers, bathrooms, kitchens, etc. I get 50% upon signing and break up the last 50% in 2 payments.
CSLB Does VERY little to assist Licensed Cont. They make a big show busting a small #of unlicensed Contrs. It's like They look down on the folks paying there way.I have no respect for any of them!
I fear however that the CSLB will continue to be drawn to the higher profile "unlicensed case" because that is where the press and an elevated public profile lies (more budget money).
It will not surprise me if it takes additional pressure from the California Energy Commission before the CSLB truly enforces Contractor license law. I would have never imagined that the Cal Energy Code might turn out to be the mechanism that finally causes California contractors to play by the same set of rules.
BTW, IMHO, non-California contractors might want to watch this energy standards thing real close. You're probably next... one state at a time.
CSLB is there to protect the consumer not the contractor. That is why they are a division of Consumer Affairs rather than their own entity. Contractors need to join private groups if they want any pull with the CSLB.
As for contractors lobbying, doesn't seem we will ever get there. Not enough higher education in the trades and consequently, we spend too much time fighting among each other. As a group, I'm not sure we will ever be as smart as, for instance, the pharmaceutical industry. Maybe as buildings go high tech a new breed will evolve that will recognize the value in a cooperative effort.
I also contribute $$ through My builders ASSOC. I feel My hard earned $$ is paying for
expensive lunches, making the fat People I don't respect, FATTER! Checks stop NOW!