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How to find a Reputable & Reliable Contractor

  • Ask to see their state contractor's license. All state-generated licenses come with a wallet card printed on the same paper stock as the main license. Check that the license you are shown matches the person showing it. Ask to see additional identification if you're still not sure.

  • Determine how long a contractor has been in business. You may wish to check with local building supply retailers. An established contractor with a reputation for using quality materials and paying his or her bills with suppliers is more likely to do quality work for you.

  • Check with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation or local business officials to verify the license is current.

  • Ask for references of persons whom the contractor has done work for and check them out.

Dealing with a Contractor

  • Avoid any contractor who requires advance payment. Arrange to pay after the work is completed or in regular payments.

  • Don't sign the work completion certificate until all work is completed to your satisfaction.

  • Avoid paying cash.

  • If your contract exceeds $2,500, you should be familiar with the Florida Construction Lien Law. A notarized release of lien will help ensure you will not have to face the possibility of double payment or loss of property to unpaid workers.

  • Reputable contractors won't object to reasonable provisions for consumer protection.