Contractor Services in the wake of Hurricane Irma – Importance of Licensing and Insurance

In the wake of Irma cleanup and recovery, verify that anyone claiming to offer restoration services is duly licensed for the particular work needed, and ask for proof of insurance. Contractor licenses can be searched through Florida’s Department of Business & Professional Regulation and also by County. Many Florida counties require “specialty” contractor licenses. Note: A tax license is NOT the same as a contractor license in the construction industry. Also, try to avoid making significant deposits for promised work. This law firm’s website has a “resources” link to the DBPR license search page and also a link to the Florida Statutes. Chapters 489 and 713 of the Florida Statutes are a good start to learn more. Also, beware of unfair and deceptive trade practices that sometimes surface in door-to-door solicitations.

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