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When selecting a roofing contractor consider the following:

  

    • Is this contractor Licensed and Bonded?
    • Is this contractor properly insured? (Workers Comp., Completed Operations, General Liability, etc.)
    • Have you verified his phone number and address?
    • Have you requested references for prior completed work?
    • Have you checked with the Better Business Bureau?
    • Does contractor have adequate manpower.

  Beware :

    • When requested for a large sum of money up front before a written contract has been signed. 
    • If contractor asks you to obtain the Permit.                       
    • Look for Permit on Job site.  
    • Don't sign up until you have checked out the contractor.                            
    • Be especially careful of the offer of "Money Saving Deals".
    • These are just a few of the many questions that should be  asked before you sign any
      contract or give money to a contractor before a job is started.

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    All Contractor members of the NEFRSA  follow prescribed practices and rules for the installation
    and / or repairs they perform. All Contractor members are fully licensed.

 


 A message from Ken Lawson, Secretary , Department of Business and Professional Regulation


Dear Friends,

I think it’s safe to say we’ve all used some form of online classifieds to buy or sell items or
services at one point in time. As these online classifieds websites are becoming increasingly
popular, it’s important for consumers to remember that these forums are open to the public
and to use good judgment. When searching for professionals to perform services that require
a state issued license on online forums, I urge consumers to use caution and protect themselves
from becoming victim to unlicensed activity scams.


First, you always have the power to verify licenses through DBPR. We provide consumers with a

wide array of options for verifying licenses to help ensure they have access to licensee information
whenever they need it. Consumers can call the DBPR Customer Contact Center at 850-487-1395,

Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. EST to verify the license of
any professional licensed by DBPR. During any time of day, consumers can also verify licenses on
the DBPR website at www.myfloridalicense.com or on the free DBPR Mobile app. The mobile app is
available for free download in the Google Play and iTunes app stores.


Secondly, when searching for a contractor, it’s important for consumers to remember that all

advertisements for services requiring a construction industry license must include the current and

active license number within the advertisement. If you find an advertisement for a construction

contractor on Craigslist and there is no license number listed, use caution before reaching out to

the individual for hiring.


Never hire or sign any contracts without first verifying the state license of a professional. If you

suspect that an individual is not properly licensed, always check with DBPR first. We are here to

help protect consumers from unlicensed individuals. The internet can be a useful tool for finding

professionals looking for work, but remember to always use caution and keep an eye out for

potential unlicensed activity scams.


Sincerely,


Ken Lawson

Secretary

Department of Business and

Professional Regulation

1940 North Monroe Street

Tallahassee, Florida 32399

Customer Contact Center:

850.487.1395

www.MyFloridaLicense.com


source The Bottom Line October 17, 2014