|By PR Newswire||
|October 29, 2012 07:05 PM EDT||
BATON ROUGE, La., Oct. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Go Kahuna, a certification company with over 15 years of experience in commercial risk management and compliance industry, announced today that consumers living in the disaster areas affected by Hurricane Sandy can call free of charge to check the compliance status of contractors working on their property. Go Kahuna Certification ensures contractors are up-to-date on their professional licenses, insurance and workers' compensation requirements, etc. Contractors working in storm-affected areas can become certified at the reduced rate of $99.
Contractors can obtain certification simply by applying online and providing the proper documentation. Upon Certification, the contractor is displayed on the Go Kahuna website (https://www.GoKahuna.com). This confirms that they are up-to-date on their state and professional licenses, insurance, workers' compensation requirements, etc. Consumers can search certified contractors by state or business name on the Go Kahuna website. Consumers can be assured that any company appearing on the site has been through a rigorous certification process, which includes third-party verification and continuous monitoring of state and professional licensing, and is current on its general liability and workers' compensation insurance status.
"When a contractor is not current on his or her insurance or workers' compensation; homeowners can be liable for accidents that happen on their property. The best advice is never pay for work upfront. Don't use cash and always get a second opinion. Our Certification service allows homeowners the ability to rest assured they are doing business with a contractor that is compliant with state and professional requirements," Morgan said.
Often, in the wake of a disaster, fraudulent contractors will flock to the area to take advantage of distressed homeowners. "We experienced this in Louisiana and along the Gulf Coast after Hurricanes Isaac, Katrina, and Gustav. Statistics show that seniors, women and first-time homeowners are prime targets for fraud," Go Kahuna CEO Don Morgan said. "We want to remind consumers to be vigilant," he said. "Anyone working in or around your home should be licensed, bonded and insured, and Go Kahuna Certification is an easy way to check all three," Morgan said.
The "Sandy Disaster Offering" is reduced to only $99.00 and will cover a one-year period. Typically the annual fee for certification is $999.00 said Morgan," but we want to better serve those affected by this disaster." If a homeowner or business is considering using a particular contractor that is not currently certified, contact a Go Kahuna representative who can assist in the certification process. Certification can usually be completed in less than 24 hours. To check a contractor's certification status, consumers can call toll free: 1- 866-824-9068 or go to https://www.GoKahuna.com .
SOURCE Go Kahuna