As Washington consumers begin to rebuild and repair their homes and businesses after this summer's wildfires, we are partnering with the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) to share this message: Hire registered contractors.
Unregistered contractors often have no bond or liability insurance, don’t get building permits, and fail to provide workers’ compensation insurance to their employees. It’s a risky combination that leaves property owners financially vulnerable if workers are injured on their property or the contractor does shoddy work – or takes a down payment and never returns.
Construction contractors are required to register with L&I. In turn, L&I confirms that they have a business license, liability insurance and a bond – requirements that give property owners some monetary recourse if something goes wrong.
Hiring registered contractors provides the best chance for success and to protect your investment.
- Verify your prospective contractor’s registration at www.ProtectMyHome.net or call 1-800-647-0982.
- Get at least three written bids.
- Check contractor references.
- Pay only as work is completed.