If a winter storm trashes your house, be it wind or snow, don't let the repair job add to your list of problems.
TUMWATER, WA - If a winter storm trashes your house, be it wind or snow, don't let the repair job add to your list of problems.
The Washington state Department of Labor and Industries says take time to choose a well-qualified, registered contractor.
State law requires that contractors be registered to remove downed trees, replace gutters, fix fences or perform any other repair work on your property.
L&I says hiring registered contractors gives you some recourse if anything goes wrong with the repairs. For example, homeowners can seek money from a contractor's bond if a job is unfinished or poorly done.
Though you may be in a rush to repair storm damage, here are some tips from L&I to hire smart and avoid bad contractors:
· Check whether a contractor is registered by clicking on the link at protectmyhome.net. You can verify whether contractors are licensed, how long they have been in business and see the amount of their insurance coverage and bond.
· Beware of red flags, including contractors who ask to be paid in cash, have a check made out to someone other than the business, or work only evenings or on weekends. Unregistered contractors or scam artists typically use these tactics.