With the large amount of natural disasters suffered in the area, from tornados, thunderstorms and the huge ice storm, the need for reputable building and repair contractors is at an all time high.
For this reason Andrea Wolverton has began an at home business to cater to the needs of both homeowners seeking respectable contractors as well as servicing the needs of these contractors by making the public aware of their businesses.
The Contractors Screening Club (CSC) will offer background checks, referrals and insurance information to those seeking work on their homes, businesses or new construction.
With the many publicized cases of fraud by contractors, the club seeks to spotlight those who are reputable and weed out the fly-by-night persons who come into the community and suck the lifeblood out of area residents, many whom are retired and on fixed incomes.
The at-home business is a subscription based opportunity for contractors and home improvement specialists to make the public aware of their credentials through a Web site which they may access and print off for referrals.
Wolverton said, "Unfortunately nowadays a good word and handshake are not enough to insure a job is done properly."
Contractors call Wolverton and pay the respective fees, she then runs the background check and enters their name in the database with other contractors as well as those who install windows, doors, heating and air conditioning, concrete, rock work and any other type of home improvement or maintenance based company.
When a homeowner begins their job, they can check the online database free, thus eliminating those without viable credentials to perform the jobs.
In addition to these services, CSC also offers contractors who are in need of referrals for insurance and workmans compensation claims. This, Wolverton said will help contractors who do not currently have insurance with ways to obtain it to make their company a viable member of business owners in the area.
Wolverton said she can also serve as a mediator between contractors and clients, perhaps preventing costly legal litigation, preserving the reputation of the contractor while also satisfying the customer.
Wolverton, who moved here from Ohio seven years ago has a background in law enforcement and said that seeing the problems is one of the reasons she decided to do this at-home business.
Wolverton is also a cancer survivor who must seek at-home employment due to her compromised immune system. She said she would like to encourage contractors and business owners to sign up for the service. She said those interested may contact her via her Web site at www.contractorscreeningclub.com or call her at 257-5632 to sign up for the club. She said because many do not have computer access, she said once the list is completed, she will be glad to mail the lists of contractors to homeowners seeking services if they call her at home.