Brad Allen – How to hire a contractor and best protect yourself

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Brad Allen discusses steps on hiring a contractor and how to best protect yourself from liabilities.

  1. Look up your contractor reputation, and check with references.
  2. All contractors in Pennsylvania are required to be registered. Confirm they are registered by visiting and searching on
  3. Make sure that all workers are covered by Worker’s Compensation, or are legally exempt as is the case for many Amish contractors.
  4. Make sure they have general liability insurance. You can contact their insurance agency and ask for a certificate for proof of insurance.
  5. Get the scope of work in writing.
  6. Confirm that no workers have been misclassified against the PA Construction Misclassification Act.

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