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Guide to Hiring a Residential Contractor

Do you want to add an addition to your home? Maybe, you need to make structural repairs. Hiring a general contractor or home improvement builder can be a difficult decision. You need an affordable price, but you also need high quality service and quality workmanship. Learn the questions to ask a prospective contractor, how to check the status of a license and how to verify contractor's information. Get informed. Avoid fraud from unscrupulous individuals and home improvement companies.

 

Hiring a Contractor

Finding and hiring the best contractor for the job can be frustrating. You may feel intimidated and not sure the questions that you should ask the prospective hire. At www.nari.org you will find a list of the top questions that are most often asked and a list of questions that most contractors believe that you should ask.

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FTC

Are you looking to have some work done around your house? The Federal Trade Commission works to educate consumers about the hiring process, what to look for in a good contractor, how to check credentials and much more information. Your home is a valuable asset. Use these tips to hire the most qualified contractor.

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FEMA

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has a great deal of experience dealing with the aftermath of disasters including hurricanes, floods, winter storms, etc. FEMA has advice for consumers who are looking to hire a contractor. Learn how to protect yourself from dishonest or unqualified contractors before you sign the contract.  Read More

 

A to Z

So, you want to update your home or have some repair work done. Finding the best qualified person to do the work can be a difficult process. Consumer Reports has a step by step guide to hiring a contractor. Get the questions to ask, the way to verify information, what should be in the contract and more.  Read More

 

FL Code

Before hiring a general contractor to do repairs in your home, you should check out floridabuilding.org. The site has a wealth of information with respect to building and home improvement. Find Florida codes, license information, contact numbers, building articles and numerous other resources to guide you on your home improvement project.  Read More

 

FL License Check

In the State of Florida, all general contractors, contractors and builders must have a current and active license on file with the Department of Business. It is up to you, the consumer to make sure that the company or individual that you hire to do work for you is in compliance. Use this site to check license status.

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FL Laws

Florida contractors are licensed by the State. They must abide by the law and state regulations. Find a complete list of Florida statutes in relation to building contractors. Don't risk hiring a contractor until you are well informed about the laws that govern building contractors in the State of Florida.  Read More

 

How to Find the Best GC

Don't jump into hiring a general contractor until you have done your due diligence. You need to get informed about the company that you want to hire, their work record, license status and past customer's reviews. At www.homewyse.com, find a great checklist to help you with the GC hiring process.  Read More

 

Exam

All Florida contractors must take and pass an exam in order to be licensed and have the ability to work in the State. Get a complete lists of all the different aspects of obtaining a GC license in Florida including; eligibility, course description, insurance requirements, how to sign up to take the exam and more.

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Reviews

Your home is most likely one of your most valuable assets. Finding a contractor to do work on your home should not be taken lightly. One of the best ways to check out a contractor is to find out what past clients have to say. Was the project started on time, completed with quality workmanship, did it stay within budget and more.  Read More

 

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