Your safety is always a top priority

Here are a few things you should look for before you hire a professional on Sturta—or anywhere.
Our tips are below. Are you a Local professional on Sturta?
Go to Safety for Local Professionals.

Our safety tips:

  • In any event, never pay any fee or commission before seeing or meeting the local professional.
  • Avoid sending money through untraceable methods such as Western Union or Mobile Money. MAKE PAYMENTS AFTER DELIVERY or USE STURTA PAYMENT GATEWAYS (ESCROW) NOTE: Making Payments via Sturta cements a money back guarantee, in-case things go wrong.
  • Do not give personal details (bank details, credit card numbers ...).
  • Trust your gut

Learn more about the pro:

Ask questions: We make it easy to talk to a pro without revealing much of your info. So ask as many questions as you need, and tell them exactly what you’re looking for. You might want to ask about:

  • pictures of past work
  • references from past customers
  • whether your project requires a permit
  • if the pro plans to subcontract any of the work


Agree on payment:. Especially for high-value projects, don’t pay with cash (or via wire transfer or cashier’s check), and limit your down payment. Consider making payments during the project contingent on completion of defined amounts of work. USE STURTA PAYMENT GATEWAYS (ESCROW)


Verify insurance:. Something unexpected may happen during your project, so check your insurance policies to make sure you’re covered. Check with your insurance provider to learn if your policy covers any risks associated with your project. You could also verify a pros insurance.
A business certificate is NOT the same thing as an occupational license. A business certificate generally just means the pro is registered to do business in a city or state. It doesn’t authorize the pro to do any specific kind of project. An occupational license / certificate is what authorizes a pro to do certain kinds of work.
Sturta's Verified and Skilled badges are awarded to only pros with occupational licenses..