5 Steps to Screen Your Contractor

Hiring a contractor is scary. Whether you’re entrusting them to build your dream home or oversee a renovation, you’re inviting your contractor into your inner circle. They will become familiar with your finances, what you do for a living, where you call home, what you have in your home, and who you share your home with (your kids, for instance). Not to mention the subcontractors who are often employed by contractors for finishing specific jobs.

As this SFgate.com article states, “Hiring the wrong individual can cost you more than money; incompetence can also lead to a delay or abandonment of your project.

Before you enter into any relationship with a contractor, you will want to conduct a thorough background check. This will help you determine how comfortable you are with their experience, reputation, trustworthiness and a variety of other important values.

Contingent workers are an essential component of any contractor’s workforce. A contractor organization relies on independent contractors, temporary workers, consultants, strategic partners and vendors who often have access to secure areas and sensitive information. Most employers assume that their contingent workforce has been thoroughly screened, but with a lack of tools to ensure background check compliance, these contingent employees could present a serious security breach.

Here are five steps to help you screen your contractor before signing on the dotted line.

Check licensing requirements and contractor compliance. You can call a local builders’ association to learn about licensing requirements in your area and then you can request to see your contractors licenses to make sure he or she’s in compliance and up to date.

Verify insurance coverage. Make sure your contractor has proof of liability, property and workers’ compensation insurance and that the coverage runs the length of your contract with him/her.

Do your own reference checks. Contact former clients and ask for their opinions on the work performed by the contractor, but also his/her professionalism, timeliness and rates. You should also look up the contractor’s rating on the Better Business Bureau and any consumer protection agencies in your area or state.

Request a background check. Make sure you follow all compliance laws regarding this step. For more information, contact Active Screening or an employment attorney for assistance.

Make sure subcontractors are screened, too. This last point is extremely important because these are the folks that you are not hiring directly, but who will be working on your project/in your home/near your children.  You can dem
and that your contractor only bring on board subcontractors who perform background checks on their workers, but there is no guarantee this will actually happen. Another option is to turn your contractor onto our services here at Active Screening.

Contractor Background Investigations

Active Screening’s contractor screening solutions guarantee background screening compliance throughout your contractor’s entire contingent workforce. Designed specifically for your contractor’s freelance workforce, Active Screening’s contractor screening solutions can be used to ensure that everyone working under your contractor’s umbrella is thoroughly screened.

Our industry-leading screening solutions aren’t just for contractors in the home building/improvement business. Any industry that relies on contingent or temporary or freelance workers can benefit from our comprehensive platforms. Here’s a sampling:

• Pharmaceutical manufacturers


• Utility providers

• Hospitals and healthcare facilities

• HR recruiting and staffing

• Military institutions

• School districts

For more information on Active Screening’s contractor screening solutions, or any of our other industry-specific platforms, click here. As always, if you have questions, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment below or contact us directly.

This entry was posted in Background Screening, Clinical Services, Criminal Records, DOT Employers Clinical Services, General, Industry Solutions, References & Credentialing, Seasonal and tagged , , , , , by Patricia Carlson. Bookmark the permalink.

Patricia Carlson is a content writer who specializes in B2C and B2B inbound marketing. She blogs regularly for clients about the background screening and finance industries, and generates newsletters, white papers and email campaigns for a variety of businesses. Patricia also produces a heavy rotation of editorial material for home design, law enforcement, and family magazines. She’s been writing professionally for more than a dozen years, and for Active Screening for more than two of those. Check out LinkedIn for a roster of Patricia’s clients and links to published works. When she’s not interviewing sources or researching trends, she’s living a fast-paced Florida life questioning the antics of her two young children, partner and mischievous cat. Patricia loves to talk tennis and TV on Twitter – give her a shout @pattycfreelance.

 
        
Active ScreeningBarbara S.
Healthcare Industry

"Here at Holland Hospital, we have been extremely pleased with Active Screening. The report results come back quickly, usually within 24 hours or less.  The staff at Active Screening is easy accessible, knowledgeable and responds to our questions promptly."

Active ScreeningLynn C. Staffing Industry

"Benton Mobley has been and remains my Main point of contact at Active Screening from the beginning; so aside from the comfort of dealing with the same person all these years, there is the most important fact of all;  customer satisfaction. Benton knows the business like the back of his hand; and that is what we need in our fast paced industry of staffing. He is the all-time BEST!  MY employer, Leslie, believes in the notion that great service deserves to be rewarded, so we are here for the duration.We get immediate and personalized attention for any and all concerns we need addressed, and in the staffing industry, this is vital."

Active ScreeningCayce R. Education Industry

"My experience working with Active Screening for our background check process has been very positive.  The reports are almost always completed in a very timely fashion. The information reported appears to be very thorough and accurate.  On the rare occasions that we have questions or problems, the customer service team is always very quick to respond and resolve the issue.  Overall, I am very pleased with the service I receive from Active Screening."

Active ScreeningCraig H. Staffing Industry

"Your customer service is excellent.  The turn around time on background checks is quite fast.  Excellent work.  I haven't had a single problem."

Active ScreeningJackie C. Education Industry

"I wanted to thank you and your staff for being so patient and working so diligently with the Human Resources staff during our recent endeavor to process all of our work study students through background screenings.  We have never had to process so many requests within such a short period of time before, but thanks to you and your staff we made it. Again thank you, we made a good choice in selecting Active Screening."

Active ScreeningLindsey W.  Financial Industry

"I wanted to share my appreciation for your wonderful service...switching background screening companies could have been a stressful task, but your company made the transition seamless. Your website was extremely easy to navigate and the turn around time has been great. I appreciate when information is missing or entered incorrectly during ordering, your company notifies me right away to ensure that my error does not hold the reports results, causing us a delay in hiring an individual...Active Screening has been great to us and I would definitely refer them to others."

Active ScreeningTerry S. Property Management

"Working with Active Screening over the last year and half has been a wonderful experience. They deliver fast and informative results at the best price. Their level of professionalism and the speed they respond to our issues is a benefit that any company can value from. I would highly recommend using Active Screening and their amazing team."

Active ScreeningYulesis D.  Staffing Industry

“Interactive Response Technologies (IRT) has more than 2,000 employees at multiple locations across the United States. IRT has been using Active Screening to conduct criminal background checks since 2006. During this time, Active Screening has consistently returned accurate reports, usually with less than 48 hours turnaround. If there are any problems or inconsistencies with the reports, their staff has called to notify us so that we can attempt to rectify the situation. The staff at Active Screening is always courteous and congenial over the phone. In our opinion, Active Screening is outstanding.”

Active ScreeningAndy N. Software Provider

 "Active Screening has helped us screen our applicants in record time for more than two years.... we are very impressed with the professionalism and speed with which their service team responds to our questions. They understand our needs and are a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend them."

Active ScreeningCassie J. Staffing Industry

"The Active Screening team is very informative; they provided a complete consultation on all the services, so I understood what I needed, and saved me hours and hours of my time learning the various services. Their reputation, as being on the cutting edge of employment screening best practices, certainly held true in this instance. The expertise they brought to the table was invaluable to our understanding of our applicants backgrounds. I highly recommend Active Screening to anyone with the task of screening large numbers of applicants and needing reliable customer support."

Active Screening

With over 20 years of law enforcement experience I can attest to the fact that the strongest predictor of future criminal behavior is a person’s criminal history. As the manager of campus safety at my church, I depend on Active Screening to provide a thorough assessment of every criminal history background check we request. For more than 3 years, Active Screening has been faithful to this task with timely, accurate and reliable service.

Active Screening

We have benefited from knowing that we are not exposing the communities we work with or ourselves to unnecessary risk. We continue to have a perfect record in that we have never had a serious incident with a trip participant causing harm or acting inappropriately with any community member or fellow team member- thank goodness!

Active Screening

I would highly recommend any association or organization who conducts background checks to use Active Screening. In addition to my involvement with WAHA, I am an officer in a corporation with over 500 employees who provide treatment, mental health, and correctional services for children and adolescents. Our company is mandated by law to do comprehensive background searches and I can say with the utmost sincerity that Active Screening product rivals that of any government or other private sector process.

Active Screening

We have used Active Screening and their solution VERITY to screen all our coaches and volunteers working with youth. The online system gives us an easy and cost-effective solution to collecting forms and payments from our applicants...and we simply login to view the results of who passed or failed. It's so easy....thank you Active Screening.