Unfortunately, some individuals pose as licensed professionals to take advantage of consumers. Before hiring a contractor, ask for their license number and verify it by calling the DBPR Customer Contact Center at 850.487.1395 or visiting www.myfloridalicense.com.
Per Florida Statute, contractors must have their license number on all advertising, including their business cards. Out-of-state contractors must also be licensed by the State of Florida to legally perform services.
Before hiring a contractor, DBPR recommends obtaining several cost estimates to ensure you receive a fair assessment. Here are other tips to consider:
Check references and reviews for each contractor or construction business you’re interested in hiring.
Be cautious when signing a contract and paying for services. Don’t commit to a contract, make a payment or provide personal or financial information to a contractor on the spot. Typical contracting scams are committed by individuals who pressure consumers into making a quick decision by greatly reducing the price.
Get everything in writing, including a thorough description of work to be completed, the total cost of the repairs and a completion date.
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