Help & advice
Allow experience to lead the way. These timeless homeowner lessons address the unique ups and downs of being a homeowner. May these articles speed you back to what really matters.
Doing some home remodeling? The League of California Homeowners (LCH) will provide you with guidance on how to prepare a contract; establish a payment schedule; avoid a mechanics lien and what to do if your contractor is not performing.
Home inspection is an unlicensed activity in California. However, there are some professional standards for home inspectors and LCH can make sure that you find a reputable home inspector. The League recommends members of the California Real Estate Inspectors Association (CREIA) for your best bet on hiring a good home inspector. Also, consider home inspection not just at a time of sale, but for "tune-ups" to make sure you know as much about your home as possible.
California Contractors State License Board (CSLB)
The CSLB is a state agency tasked with protecting consumers and licensing contractors. In California, all contractors must pass written tests in order to be licensed. They must also follow business and profession regulations that help them do a better job, and most importantly provide more protection to you. LCH can help you get the most out of the CSLB.
Every day LCH receives calls from homeowners with complaints about their home improvement contractor. LCH will hear the homeowner out and based upon the information we receive, give the homeowner our best advice on how to proceed. In some cases we can help the homeowner resolve the problem after contacting the contractor, but not always. Just the same, LCH does resolve quite a few conflicts as a matter of regular business. We do require, but not always, that the homeowner become a member of the association so as to allow us to represent them when talking to the contractor.
Seniors are special with LCH. If you're a senior citizen and are having to deal with a housing related problem, we will do all in our power to assist you. If the senior has adult children living near by then we like to work with both the senior and their family as much as possible. The best way to help us understand the nature of the problem is to write it out in the form of e-mail and then send it in. We always need your contact information â€“ which is: Name, telephone number, address and a description of the nature of the problem. Seniors can also call our office by telephone.
If your issue requires legal review, contact us. Our office will evaluate your request and if we can not assist you at the staff level, we can arrange for a telephone appointment with an attorney in a major Los Angeles law firm. You must be a member of the association in order to take advantage of this service.
Home Maintenance & Repair
LCH offers tips on home repair and maintenance to the general public. We often have articles on file that pertain to various facets of home repair. If you have a job that requires a contractor, LCH can provide you with a list of pre-screened contractors who work in your area.