Our tips are below.
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Review the professional’s profile
Profiles are to give you helpful information to help hire the right pro. please take a look through:
Customer reviews. See what customers say about a pro. Verified reviews are from customers who hired a pro, while unverified reviews are from customers who found the pro somewhere else. You can also see how a pro responded to reviewers, which can help you understand how they interact with their customers.
Business information. At EasyGo PRO business profile is mandatory, this is where professional tell you about their business —and explain why customers should hire them. You’ll see things like pictures of their work, a description of their business, why they love what they do, a link to their website and how many times they’ve been hired thru the EasyGo PRO platform.
Credentials. We understand a pro’s credentials are important to hiring with confidence. what’s may be on a pro profile:
- A “Top Pro” badge, which means they’re highly rated across several reviews from our customers.
- A license badge, which means we’ve used a public database to verify the license number they provided.
- A background check badge, which means that someone affiliated with the pro’s account passed a national background check. Especially for businesses with multiple workers, this does not guarantee the specific person you’re working with passed the background check, so be sure you’re comfortable with the person completing your project.
Learn more about the pro
Ask questions. We make it easy to talk a pro without revealing any of your contact info. So ask as many questions as you need, and tell them exactly what you’re looking for. You might want to ask about:
- pictures of past work
- references from past customers
- whether your project requires a permit
- if the pro plans to subcontract any of the work
Sometimes it’s important to send pictures of what you’re looking for. Don’t be afraid to schedule a phone call or an in-person meeting.
Research. It’s always worth seeing what other information you can find about a pro you’re considering. Think about resources like the Better Business Bureau or a web search to look for more information. You can also check out third-party resources like the Federal Trade Commission’s guide to hiring a contractor for additional tips.
Plan ahead to make sure the job is done right
Set expectations in writing. A written agreement is the best way to make sure everyone is on the same page. Include details like the who, what, where, and cost of your project.
Agree on payment. Especially for high-value projects, don’t pay with cash (or via wire transfer or cashier’s check), and limit your down payment—in fact, some state laws limit the amount a pro can ask for up front. Consider making payments during the project contingent on completion of defined amounts of work.
Think through insurance, permitting, and licensing
Verify insurance. Something unexpected may happen during your project, so check your insurance policies to make sure you’re covered. Your own insurance provider is always the best resource to learn if your policy covers any risks associated with your project. You should also verify a pro’s insurance. .
Get permits and check licensing. A pro’s license requirements (or whether permits are required for your project) depends on the laws of your city and state, and what kind of project you’re hiring for. Contact your state or local government about specific questions. We know this can be daunting, so we’ve pulled together some tips and resources to help you get started:
- A business license is NOT the same thing as an occupational license. A business license generally just means the pro is registered to do business in a city or state. It doesn’t authorize the pro to do any specific kind of project. An occupational license is what authorizes a pro to do certain kinds of work—for instance, as a plumber or an electrician. EasyGo PRO’s policy allows only occupational licenses to qualify for a license badge.
- There are several online resources that can help you verify a pro’s occupational license. For example, BRB Publications, Inc. maintains a database of some state occupational licensing board websites.
- Sometimes there may also be federal licensing requirements. For example, interstate movers must be licensed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Here are links to state government websites where you can find information about licensing:
- Alabama Department of Revenue List of Occupations Requiring Permits/Licenses
- Alabama Licensing Board for General Contractors
- Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board
- Alabama Public Services Commission: Motor Carrier Services Section
- California Department of Consumer Affairs—Verify a License
- California Public Utilities Commission—Transportation Carriers Lookup
- Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies—Verify a Professional or Business License
- Colorado Public Utilities Commission Transportation Permit Search
- Connecticut.gov E-license: Search for License, Permit, Certification, or Registration
- Connecticut Department of Public Transportation, Bureau of Public Transportation
District of Columbia
- DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs—Professional and Occupational Licenses
- DC Department of Health—Search for a License
- Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation
- Florida Department of Health—License Verification
- Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
- Georgia Secretary of State: Professional License Verification Portal
- Georgia Department of Public Safety—List of Licensed Movers
- Hawaii Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs—Professional and Vocational Licensing Search
- Hawaii Public Utilities Commission Active Motor Carriers Report
- Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses—Public Record Information
- Idaho Division of Building Safety—License Search
- Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation—License Search
- Illinois Commerce Commission Household Goods Mover Search
- Iowa.gov License, Permit and Registration Information
- Iowa Department of Transportation Motor Carriers Page
- Kansas Contractor Licensing Directory
- Kansas State Board of Technical Professions: License Search
- Kansas Corporation Commission—Search Motor Carriers
- Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings, and Construction—License Search
- Kentucky Department of Professional Licensing—License Verification
- Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Motor Carriers Page
- Louisana.gov Professional and Occupational License Lookup
- Louisiana Public Service Commission Transportation Search
- Massachusetts eLicensing and ePermitting Portal
- Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security—License Search
- Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities—Licensed Carrier Lookup
- Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs—Citizen Portal
- Michigan State Police—Motor Carriers with Active Intrastate Household Goods Authority
- Missouri Division of Professional Licensing—Licensee Search
- Missouri Department of Transportation Motor Carrier Services
- Montana Department of Labor and Industry, Business Standards Division
- Montana Public Service Commission Intrastate Motor Carrier Authority List
- Nebraska Department of Labor—Search Registered Contractors and Subcontractors
- Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services License Information System Search
- Nebraska Public Service Commission Transportation Department
- Nevada State Contractors Board License Search
- Nevada State Board of Architecture, Interior Design and Residential Design Registrant Directory
- Nevada Transportation Authority Active Certificates List
- New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department—Look up a License
- New Mexico Public Regulation Commission—Household Goods Movers
- New York State Office of the Professions —Verification Searches
- New York Department of Transportation—Consumer Moving Information
- North Carolina Department of Commerce—Occupations Requiring a License
- North Carolina Utilities Commission List of Carriers Issued a Certificate of Exemption Authorizing Household Goods Transportation within North Carolina
- North Dakota State University—Licenses Required of Individuals by the State of North Dakota
- Secretary of State Business Records Search (for Licensed Contractors)
- Ohio.gov— Licenses and Permits
- Public Utilities Commission of Ohio Registered Household Goods Carriers
- Oklahoma Occupational Licensing Information
- Oklahoma Department of Commerce Business Licensing and Operating Requirements (Common Licensing Requirements by Industry)
- Oklahoma Corporation Commission—Lists of Authorized Carriers, Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), and Intrastate Motor Carrier Applicants
- Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services—Contactor/Individual License Holder Search
- Oregon Construction Contractors Board
- Oregon Department of Transportation—Household Goods Moving
- Pennsylvania Department of State—Verify a Professional
- Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission—Limousines, Taxis & Movers
- Rhode Island Professional Regulation Unit—Check License / Change Address
- Rhode Island Contractors’ Registration and Licensing Board—Registration/License Status Lookup
- Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission Motor Carriers Page
- South Carolina Division of Professional and Occupational Licensing
- South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff—Transportation FAQs
- Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance—License Search and Verification
- Tennessee Department of Health—License Verification
- Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation—License Data Search
- Texas Online Licensing System—Public Search
- Texas Department of Motor Vehicles—Motor Carrier Lookup
- Vermont Secretary of State, Office of Professional Regulation
- Vermont Department of Public Safety, Division of Fire Safety
- Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation—License Lookup
- Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles—List of Authorized Motor Carriers
- Washington State Department of Licensing
- Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission—Household Goods Carriers
Please note that, as a marketplace, EasyGo PRO does not control the actions of any pro or customer using our service. You can visit our help center to learn more about trust and safety. For more information on how EasyGo PRO works, click here.