What You Should Know Before Hiring a Painting Contractor

Hiring a Painting Contractor

When hiring a Painting Contractor, it’s important to know that Washington state law requires that all painting contractors be licensed, bonded and insured. A company with one or more employees is required to cover them with Labor & Industries (L & I).

What does this mean to you?

Let’s say an employee is injured on-the-job. Because of L & I, the employee is covered & could not come to you for medical compensation, through your homeowner insurance, or worse, file a law suit.

Because it’s expensive, some contractors try to get around paying L & I by hiring their workers as sub-contractors. The concern for the consumer is, are the sub-contractors licensed, bonded, & insured? Is each and every sub on the job covered on L & I?

Not likely.

It’s required for employees to have a current Washington state driver’s license or ID and a social security card to be employed in Washington State. This shows proof of citizenship. And it allows for the employer to pay them through a payroll system and deduct federal taxes and the employee’s amount of L & I coverage.

The bond is usually paid up front by the contractor in the amount of $6000.00. This is in place to protect you, the consumer.

Let’s say the work done was unsatisfactory or there was damage to the carpet, or driveway, or something else and the contractor refused to return. You then have the bond money to go after for your damages.

The state minimum for liability insurance is $300,000.00. Does this cover your investment in the case of a catastrophic accident?

These are all concerns you should ask a contractor before doing business.

One way to protect you is to go online and confirm that a contractor’s license and L& I are current. Another way is to go with a reputable company like Painting America, Inc.! Painting America, Inc. is licensed, bonded and insured for $1, 000,000.00. Our employees are not sub-contractors and they are U.S. citizens and are covered under L & I.

But you don’t just have to take our word for it! We invite you to check our status with the state Labor & Industries and the Better Business Bureau.

By choosing Painting America, you’re choosing not only the best quality for your home, but also total peace of mind!

Call Us Today for Your Free Consultation! 425-488-1192

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