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.
- 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
I think it’s safe to say we’ve all used some form of online classified to buy or sell items or
services at one point in time. As these online classified 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 https://www.myfloridalicense.com/wl11.asp. 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.
Department of Business and
1940 North Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
source The Bottom Line October 17, 2014