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January 21, 2014

Tumwater – Home shows are like candy stores to home renovators hungry for remodeling ideas and hunting for good contractors.

To get the most out of your home show visit, go in with a plan, says the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I).

  • Know what you want. Whether planning to update your bathroom or build a fence, write a list of the features you must have versus the features you'd like to have. Bring magazine pictures of desired features.
  • Talk to a variety of vendors and contractors. Bring a list of questions about your project and ask contractors about their experience.
  • Confirm prospective contractors are registered with the state at www.ProtectMyHome.net. Registered contractors must have a business license and a current certificate of liability insurance and a bond on file with L&I, providing some recourse if the project goes bad. Just because contractors have a booth doesn't mean they're registered.

Visit the L&I booth at these 2014 home shows for more tips to help you "Hire Smart":

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For media information: Debby Abe, L&I Public Affairs, debby.abe@lni.wa.gov, (360)902-6043

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Broadcast version: Home shows can be like candy stores to home renovators hungry for remodeling ideas and hunting for good contractors. To get the most out of your home show visit, go in with a plan, says the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I). Bring a list of questions about your project and ask contractors about their experience. And before you hire a contractor, check to see that they're registered with the state at www-dot-ProtectMyHome-dot-net. For more tips, visit the Labor & Industries booth at home shows around the state.  

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