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Last Updated: 5 months ago

Before you hire a pro on GET A-PRO—or anywhere, really—there are a few things you should look for 

 

  • Review the pro’s profile
  • Learn more about the pro
  • Plan ahead to make sure the job is done right
  • Think through insurance, permitting, and licensing

Review the pro’s profile

Profiles are designed to give you helpful information to hire the right pro. So take a look through:

  1. Customer reviews.See what past customers say about a pro. Verified reviews are from customers who hired a pro on Thumbtack, 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.
  2. Business information.The profile gives the pro a chance to tell you about their business —and explain why you 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 on Get A Pro.

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

You can also send a pro pictures of what you’re looking for. Don’t be afraid to schedule a phone call or an in-person meeting.

It’s always worth seeing what other information you can find about a pro you’re considering. Think about resources like the a web search to look for more information..

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), alway use our platform to make payment that you have a proof of payment and limit your down payment—. Consider making payments during the project contingent on completion of defined amounts of work that are called Milestones.

Think through insurance, permitting, and licensing

  1. 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.
  2. 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 region. 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 electrician, nurse or engineer. Get A Pro policy allows only occupational licenses to qualify for a license badge.
  • There are several resources that can help you verify a pro’s occupational license. Do not feel bad to ask for references that are credible