What is a contractor?
A "contractor" is
a person or business that has a license issued based on taking a
competency test and/or meeting certain experience requirements as
required by local or state authorities. We are not referring to
business or occupational licenses that are obtained by paying a fee. A
business or occupational license does not qualify a person or business
to be a participating contractor.
How do I know which contractor should I select?
We encourage you to check with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation at (850) 487-1395 or your local county building official to see if the contractor you’ve selected has any complaints lodged against him or her.
Do I need a permit?
In most cases the answer is “YES”. Contractors are required to comply with all local permitting and inspection laws.
How do I know if I am paying a reasonable price?
As with any service you are seeking, you should obtain more than one quote for the work that is being performed. While many people automatically look to the lowest quote, you may want to obtain some references first.
How do I find references for a contractor?
Ask the contractor. Many contractors have a list of previous customers who are willing to give the contractor a reference. As
we’ve recommended previously, always check to see if the individual or
company you are hiring to perform work has any complaints. Contact the
state or county licensing authority, as well as your local Better Business Bureau, for any complaints they may have on file for the contractor you are considering.
How do I complain about a contractor?
If your contractor is state licensed, you can call the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) at (850) 487-1395, or you can visit the DBPR website.