Ask the Experts – Hiring a Registered Contractor

The Cleaning Experts at  A Clean Streak answer your toughest cleaning questions.

Hire a Registered ContractorAmanda B. from Oak Harbor asks: I have a two story home with lots of big picture windows on the first floor, and several 4 pane windows installed in the second floor bedrooms. Last weekend, I was approached by a nice young couple claiming to be contractors who offered window and gutter cleaning services for a reduced price if I “signed today”. I told them I had to think about it, and asked them for their business card. The card did list their names, but I couldn’t find any other information on them – like a WA Contractor license number. In your opinion, is it necessary to hire a Contractor registered with the state for window or gutter cleaning?

A Clean Streak, The Window Cleaning Experts answer:  Hi Amanda. Contractors working in Hire a Registered ContractorWashington are not technically required to register with the state if they are providing window washing or gutter cleaning services. However, there are still many reasons to hire a registered contractor when you’re deciding between service providers.

  • Registered contractors must maintain a surety bond.
  • Registered contractors must have liability insurance.
  • Registered contractors must have a valid Washington business license.

Why are these things important?

  • A contractor’s surety bond protects you from losses incurred if the contractor doesn’t fulfill the obligations of their contract with you.
  • Most homeowner’s insurance policies DO NOT cover accidents or injuries occurring to a worker on your property, or offer protection against lawsuits filed by workers against you. A registered contractor’s liability insurance will cover these costs, and will protect you from paying for costs associated with damage caused to your property.
  • Finally, that valid business license means that the state of Washington has vetted your contractor – and that if your contractor has employees, they are covered by worker’s compensation insurance and are paid for their work. Believe it or not, it is your responsibility to ensure that workers on your property are paid – and if an unscrupulous business owner chooses not to pay, the workers can legally file a lien on your property to ensure payment!

Of course we’re not suggesting that all unregistered contractors are unscrupulous, but we do think it’s important that whenever you’re hiring someone to work on your property, it’s worth doing your homework! Contractors who register with the state of Washington have met some pretty stringent requirements, providing you with the confidence that the job will be done to your agreed upon specifications.

Thanks for your question Amanda, and if you or someone you know is looking for a registered contractor for window washing, gutter and roof cleaning, or pressure washing services, we invite you to call us at 360-395-5748 for a free project estimate today. WA License # CLEANCS851PA

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