The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries is reminding Tri-Citians to choose a well-qualified, registered contractor for winter storm repairs.
Contractors must be registered with the state to remove downed trees, replace gutters, fix fences or perform repair work, according to a news release. That gives consumers some options if something goes wrong with repairs.
For example, homeowners can seek money from a contractor's bond if a job is unfinished or poorly done.
To check if a contractor is registered, go to protectmyhome.net.
Don't pay in full until the job is complete, officials advise. Also, be on the lookout for red flags that may indicate a company is unregistered or a scam artist. That includes contractors who ask to be paid in cash or have a check made out to someone other than the business, and those who work only evenings or on weekends.