HomeAdvisor's Screening Process

HomeAdvisor uses the following criteria to screen service professionals at the time they apply for membership in our network:


Applicants must carry required state-level licensing to perform work in the trade and service area for which they apply.

Sex Offender Search

We check the official sex offender website in the state in which the owner/principal of the company is located to confirm that there is not a match with the applicant.

Legal Search for Civil Judgments
We use third-party data sources to check the principal/owner of each business for bankruptcy filings and significant state-level civil legal judgments, in the state in which the owner/principal of the company is located, occurring within 12 months prior to application for membership in the HomeAdvisor network.

Criminal Records Search
HomeAdvisor uses third-party sources to conduct a criminal search, in the state in which the owner/principal of the company is located, for relevant criminal activity associated with the business owner/principal within three years prior to application.

State Business Filings
We confirm that service professionals applying as corporations or limited liability companies are in good standing in the state in which they are located.

Identity Verification (Social Security Number)
HomeAdvisor verifies the social security numbers of business owners/principals to confirm their identities. (This applies primarily to small businesses.)
Notification to residents of AL, CO, DE, GA, ID, KS, KY, LA, ME, MA, MI, MS, MT, NE, NV, NH, NM, SD, UT, VA, VT, WY: HomeAdvisor uses a third party to screen professionals. The comprehensiveness of the records included in the national criminal database which our third party vendor uses varies by state. Please be aware that your state may be limited in its reporting. For more information click on the "Instant Database Searches" tab on the following webpage: http://www.backgroundchecks.com/ourdata/coveragemap