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Home Improvement Bill of Rights

 

Preamble

The Nevada State Contractors Board reminds you to exercise your rights and responsibilities when making home improvements. As a Nevada homeowner, you have the following rights when working with contractors:

Hiring a Contractor:

  • You have the right to hire only licensed contractors and to check the license through the Nevada State Contractors Board at www.nscb.state.nv.us
  • You have the right to examine a contractor’s past work and to check references
  • You have the right to get at least three bids from licensed contractors before hiring a contractor

Project Payments

  • You have the right to make payments as work is completed
  • You have the right not to pay cash for home improvement projects
  • You have the right to withhold a final payment until the work agreed upon in the contract is completed

Project Paperwork

  • You have the right to require that the contract include one project price, which includes all labor and materials
  • You have the right to negotiate a clear contract that includes a written payment schedule and completion date
  • You have the right to review the contract and only sign it when you understand the terms
  • You have the right to require your contractor to obtain a building permit for your project

Consumer Responsibilities

As a consumer, you have these rights, but you also have the responsibility to properly plan and manage your project and insist on your rights

Homeowner’s Rights Checklist

Know Your Rights and Responsibilities

Hiring

  • Hire only licensed contractors
  • Ask to see the contractor’s official NSCB pocket card
  • Get at least three written bids from licensed contractors
  • Verify that all bids are for the same scope of work
  • Check contractor’s status with the
    Nevada State Contractors Board at
    ww.nscb.state.nv.us
  • Ask for references and follow up by inspecting the contractor’s completed work

The Contract

  • Negotiate a clear and complete written contract
  • Insist on specific written descriptions
  • Look for: (not all of these items are required)
    • One price for the work to be done
    • Contractor’s license number and monetary limit
    • Specific descriptions of work to be done and materials to be used
    • Start and completion dates
    • An agreement that the contractor will obtain building permits
    • A payment schedule including the down payment amount
    • A “Notices to Owner” regarding lien laws and the Residential Recovery Fund
    • A notice that the contractor carries commercial general liability insurance and the carrier.
  • Insist that all changes, additions and deletions to the contract are in writing
  • Create a job management file and keep the written contract, change orders, payment records and all other documents in it

Payments

  • Pay as work is completed according to the contract schedule
  • Don’t let payments get ahead of the work
  • Avoid cash payments

Subcontractors and Liens

  • Make a list of all subcontractors and check their licenses with the NCSB
  • Get lien releases signed by all subcontractors & material suppliers
  • Keep a record of all material deliveries, dates & progress of work

Nevada State Contractors Board Locations

Southern Nevada:

Address: 2310 Corporate Circle, Ste 200
Henderson, NV 89074
Phone: (702) 486-1100
Fax: (702) 486-1190

Northern Nevada:

Address: 9670 Gateway Drive, Ste 100
Reno, NV 89521
Phone:(775) 688-1141
Fax:(775) 688-1271

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm