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VERIFYING A CONTRACTOR PART 3

Verifying a Contractor part 3

How to Verify a Contractor with the State of Washington

Once you are on the Washington State L & I page of a contractor (see Verifying a Contractor Part 2) look around at some of the sections. There is a wealth of information there.

Notice the section Lawsuits against the bond or savings. Here you can see if the company is a repeat offender for getting sued by sub contractors, suppliers and others. Do the obvious. Stay away from bad actors.

Look at L&I tax debts. A business that can't pay taxes on time is not likely to do a good job for you.

Look at License Violations. This is often things like employing unqualified labor, failing to maintain a safe work place and other non-compliance items. Cutting corners on these items may mean a lower price to the customer but often at the expensive of quality and reliability.

Review the item Estimated workers reported. If they show 1 or none for workers reported and the job you are looking to have done (like roofing) requires a work crew then they are sub-contracting out the work and they have no control over the quality of the job. Stay away from them.

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Finally, check out the workers compensation claims. If the contractor is rife with claims they likely are not maintaining a safe work environment or are not treating their employees well.

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