Don't get nailed! Many citizens in Florida have fallen victim to dishonest, unlicensed, or improperly licensed contractors. Florida Statute 489 requires all construction contractors to hold a valid contractor's license prior to engaging in contracting. Always require that a contractor show you a valid contracting license before you sign a contract. Some indications that a contractor may be unlicensed include the following:
The contractor requests a large deposit or all of the money up front before any work has commenced
The contractor asks you to pull a "homeowner permit"
The contractor pressures you to sign a contract today or he/she can't give you this special price
Verifying Contractor Licenses
To verify the license of a contractor, you may call the State of Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) at 850-487-1395. The city requires proof of license from contractors who pull permits for properties located in the city, so be sure to require that the contractor pull the permit in his name, not your name.