Safe Contracting Simplified

Jason Morris

CORAL GABLES (CBS4) ― Remodeling your home can be noisy, messy and overwhelming. For Coral Gables homeowner Luis Bared, hiring the right contractors meant trusting them with remodeling his front and back yard.

“I did some homework. I don’t hire people off the street,” said Bared.

That homework brought him to, a website which connects homeowners with what it considers reliable contractors and service professionals. To be listed on the site, they pay referral fees.

But that company advertises that it is now going an extra step forward — make that ten extra steps. claims it conducts a ten point screening process.

“Which includes verification of state-level licensing, general liability insurance, and we run a background check on the business,” said CEO Craig Smith.

We checked out the site and found out they only check licensing at the state level, not at the local level.

Even service Magic’s CEO urges, “it’s still important that the professional produces a copy of their insurance and verification of their license.”

Omar Cabrera knows home improvement. He manages the pro desk at the Pinecrest Home Depot. He says that a criminal background check would be very important.

“If they can go to that extent, it would be incredibly instrumental,” said Cabrera.

Most home improvement companies, like Lowes and Home Depot, do background checks on their own contractors, and knowing that is important to Cabrera.


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Jason Morris

President & Chief Operating Officer at EmployeeScreenIQ
A veteran screening and risk management professional, Jason Morris founded EmployeeScreenIQ in 1999 and acts as the company’s chief operating officer and president. Morris is a frequent speaker delivering captivating, interactive discussions on background checks, global screening, recruitment and staffing. He educates audiences in best practice initiatives as they relate to organizational employment screening programs. Morris has been quoted in numerous business and industry publications including The Wall Street Journal,, USA Today, New York Times, among others. He is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas, Arizona and Nevada.
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