Man involved in Indian Trail standoff was house painter - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Man involved in Indian Trail standoff was house painter

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The standoff ended peacefully Saturday afternoon. The standoff ended peacefully Saturday afternoon.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

The man arrested after a standoff in the Indian Trail neighborhood appeared in court Monday.

Arley Hunt is charged with possession of controlled substances, burglary, and malicious mischief.

That standoff started after witnesses called in saying a man was yelling and hitting the windows of a home with a hammer. The homeowners of that home say they had painters working there.

So how can you protect yourself when hiring someone to work on your home? The Better Business Bureau says the biggest thing is research, and making sure the contractor is licensed and bonded.

One contractor KHQ spoke with has first-hand knowledge of why it’s so important to do your research.

Cameron Turner has been in construction for more than 20 years.

But when Turner got a construction job when he first started his career, he hired someone to help him with a job he was doing. That's when he says he was tricked. The person he hired didn’t do the work he was hired for.

“I looked at five contractors to get him and he was the one that sold himself the best, he knew everything, had a nice rig, had nice equipment,” Turner says.

But those things don't necessarily mean the person will do "good" or "honest" work. So first make sure your contractor is licensed and bonded. That way if something happens, you as a homeowner will be protected. Second, find out their reputation. You can scope out online review sites or the Better Business Bureau for that. Third, get references. You can ask the contractor to put you in touch.

“Since you're going to have somebody in your home, you're going to have them around your family, very, very important to be careful and to screen,” he says.

You can do a search for contractors you’re considering on the WA Department of Labor and Industries website: https://secure.lni.wa.gov/verify/?SAW=False

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