We all read the horror stories in the paper about a company or individual who collects money and then leaves the homeowners with an incomplete project. Your Peoria Electricians want to give you some tips to help you protect yourself from unscrupulous contractors. Always do your research before hiring anyone, make sure they are licensed, bonded and insured. The Arizona Register of Contractors has a search option on their website to help consumers verify if a contractor is Licensed & Bonded. Just search for Arizona Register of Contractors or AZ ROC to find the website. Click on Contractor Search under Online Services or click the tab at the top of the page for Contractor info & Searches. Once you type in the company or individual name it will show you if they have an active license, a bond and any complaints against them. To check that a contractor is insured just ask for a copy of the current certificate of insurance to make sure the coverage is sufficient for your project. Hiring a contractor with a license means you are hiring someone who has proven knowledge and experience in their field. The contractors bond protects you and can make you financially whole again if the contractor does not do quality work or finish your project. Like the bond, contractors insurance will protect you against a financial loss if someone is hurt on your property while completing your project. Spending a few minutes doing research before you hire anyone can save you thousands.