Here we would like to offer a checklist
of things to look for when interviewing
potential companies or individuals
to perform any type of improvement,
addition or renovation to your home.
Feel free to print out this checklist
Questions to ask:
Ask if they are a State Certified
CBC license holder.
Ask how many projects they have performed
Ask for several references - and contact
Ask if a permit is required for the
Ask how long they have been in business.
Get a written estimate and description
of the job prior to agreement.
Unlicensed Contracting Early
When a large down payment is required
before work begins.
Payment should only be for part of
the work. In order to be licensed,
contractors must demonstrate sufficient
financial ability to perform the type
of project which the license complements.
If there are any requests for money
during early phases of construction.
As in the first example, the contractor
should be solvent.
If a contractor is asking you to
obtain a permit.
A licensed contractor who is in good
standing will obtain permits.
If a company is not willing to put
all terms in writing.
Always a sign of trouble.
If the contractor does not have proof
Licensed contractors in Florida are
required to have general liability
and workers compensation in effect
at all times.
If the contractor only works on week-ends
or after hours.
This is often a sign that the person
is an employee who is moonlighting
without a license.
If the contractor displays only an
In order to be lawfully engaged in
contracting, a contractor must be
either State registered or certified.
Advertising where only the telephone
Licensed contractors are required
to include their state license numbers
in all advertising.