Profiles are designed to give you helpful information to hire the right pro. So take a look through:
- Customer reviews. See what past customers say about a pro. Verified reviews are from customers who hired a pro on Spaza Services, 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.
- 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 Spaza Services.
- Credentials. We know a pro’s credentials are important to hiring with confidence. A pro’s profile may include:
- A High Rating, which means they’re highly rated across several reviews from Spaza Services customers.
- A license badge, which means we’ve used a public database to verify the license number they provided.
- A background check badge, which means the account holder submitted a background check and met our criteria to receive the background check badge. For businesses with multiple workers, this does not guarantee the specific person you’re working with has passed a background check, so be sure you’re comfortable with the person completing your request.
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.
- Research. It’s always worth seeing what other information you can find about a pro you’re considering.
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), and limit your down payment—in fact, some state laws limit the amount a pro can ask for up front. Consider making payments during the project contingent on completion of defined amounts of work.
Think through insurance, permitting, and licensing
- 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.
- 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 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 state. 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 plumber or an electrician. Spaza Services’ policy allows only occupational licenses to qualify for a license badge.
- Some pros may be licensed for your job under the license of an authorized business associate with whom they work. If a pro has provided the correct documentation to verify that they are properly operating under a valid license, we may list the associate’s license as “verified” on the pro’s profile.