A Guide for Homeowners

Contractor Compliance

RCAW Encourages You to Educate Yourself Before You Hire a Contractor

Finding a contractor you can trust is essential for any home improvement project. At RCAW, we understand the importance of hiring licensed, bonded, and insured professionals to ensure the safety and quality of your project. Here’s everything you need to know about contractor compliance and how we can help you find the right contractor for your needs.

For roofers, verify they are a Member of the Roofing Contractors Association of Washington.

For roofers and all other trades, make sure your contractor meets the State requirements and is in good standing with the Department of Labor & Industries and the Department of Revenue.

Be an informed consumer and hire smart! Use these tools to be sure you’re working with a registered contractor who has a valid bond and insurance.

The Verify a Contractor, Tradesperson or Business tool allows you to:

  • Look up subcontractors and tradespeople.
  • Verify if the contractor has an active license.
  • See if they have safety or construction citations.
  • Find out if they have lawsuits against their bond.
  • Confirm names of business owners.
  • Check to see if they have an active worker’s compensation account.
  • Check to see they have a business license with the Department of Revenue.
  • And, much more.

You can also verify that the tradesperson performing electrical, plumbing, elevator installation, or manufactured home installations is certified (licensed) in Washington.

See L&I’s Protect My Home page for tips and tools to help you hire smart! We have also created the Hire Smart Step-by-Step, a homeowner’s guide to hiring a contractor that will help you find a contractor who is qualified to handle your project, and avoid many of the most common problems. But, if you do have problems, find out what you can do.

Why Choose a Licensed, Bonded, and Insured Contractor?

  1. Legal Compliance: Licensed contractors have met the requirements set by local authorities and have the necessary skills and expertise to perform the work safely and effectively.
  2. Financial Protection: Bonded contractors provide a financial guarantee that the project will be completed according to the terms of the contract. In case of any issues or incomplete work, the bond ensures compensation for the homeowner.
  3. Risk Management: Insured contractors carry liability insurance and worker’s compensation coverage, protecting homeowners from liability in case of accidents or injuries that occur on the job site.
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How Homeowners Can Use RCAW

Looking for a trusted roofing contractor? Turn to the Roofing Contractors Association of Washington (RCAW) for reliable vetting resources. With RCAW, homeowners can easily verify contractors’ credentials, ensuring they are licensed, bonded, and insured. Rest assured knowing that contractors affiliated with RCAW uphold the highest standards of professionalism and quality in the roofing industry.

  1. Contractor Verification: We thoroughly vet contractors in our network to ensure they are licensed, bonded, and insured. Homeowners can have peace of mind knowing that all contractors listed on our platform meet these important requirements.
  2. Transparent Information: Each contractor’s profile includes details about their licensing, bonding, and insurance status, making it easy for homeowners to verify their credentials before hiring.
  3. Educational Resources: We provide resources and guidance to help homeowners understand the importance of working with licensed, bonded, and insured contractors. Our goal is to empower homeowners to make informed decisions about their home improvement projects.

Tips for Hiring a Contractor:

  1. Ask for Credentials: Always ask contractors for proof of licensing, bonding, and insurance before hiring them for your project.
  2. Check References: Take the time to contact references and previous clients to get a sense of the contractor’s work ethic and professionalism.
  3. Get Everything in Writing: Make sure to have a detailed contract outlining the scope of work, timeline, and payment terms to avoid any misunderstandings during the project.

Start Your Project with Confidence:

At RCAW, we’re committed to helping homeowners find licensed, bonded, and insured contractors they can trust. Whether you’re planning a roof repair, replacement, or renovation project, we’re here to connect you with reliable professionals who prioritize quality, safety, and compliance. Begin your project with confidence by choosing a contractor from our network.