Now is the time to know how to investigate before you even consider hiring a contractor. It’s easy, only takes a few minutes and could save you tons of cash and heartache.
First and foremost, not all home jobs are created equal. Some might only require a person to have a local license, others a state license. You can find out which by calling your county building department.
One example: Hurricane shutter work can be a local license; whereas, a roofer needs a state contracting license.
Next, make sure the business is registered on Sunbiz.org, and ask for proof that they’re insured. But don’t stop there. Call the insurance company to make sure it’s active.
To look up local lawsuits or small claims court, go to the county clerk of court website and search both the business name and its owner.
Last but not least, there are three places you should check for complaints, the Better Business Bureau, your county code enforcement or building department and the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation...