Each year millions of Americans are affected by unlicensed contractors and unpermitted work. This is preventable. By following three easy steps you can have peace of mind that work performed on your home and businesses are completed according to proper building codes.
1. Simply say "Show me your number!” This is an easy way to immediately identify if a contractor has a proper license to perform work in the State of Florida. Beware of anyone using terms as Occupational License. An occupational license is an old term used to describe taxes collected by local governments and is not a legitimate contractor’s license.
2. Obtain multiple quotes for your job. Not only will this ensure that you are getting the best price for your job, but also if a bid comes in a significantly lower level then other bids it is probably due to a contractor cutting corners in the construction process. For instance a contractor may not be carrying proper insurance or may not be pulling a proper building permit. Both would allow a bid to greatly reduce their costs but leaves your asset liable to severe risk.
3. Lastly, check with the local contractor certification department. Contractors must register with a department in order to pull construction permits in a community. These departments can verify very quickly if the contractor you intend to hire has the proper insurance, licensing, and registration in your area. Contact GCBA at 561-296-5420 for information on your local contractor certification department
In addition to contacting your local department, some contactors are filed with the State of Florida. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation has information availabel to help identify licensed and unlicenesed contactors. Visit the Department of Business and Prodessional Regulations website on unlicensed activitiy here.
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