When buying new construction, always hire a licensed contractor with general liability insurance. Visit www.myfloridalicense.com to verify a license.
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Be sure your contractor pulls the appropriate permits and ask if the cost of the project includes permitting, impact and building fees. Also, check whether or not your builder or contractor is a member of their state, local and national associations. These associations help educate contractors, encourage accountability and provide important industry information.
American Housing Builders II, Inc. is a member of The Tampa Bay Builders Association (TBBA). “…a trade organization, which works diligently to fulfill its mission by providing important services to enhance the building industry in Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties. It is affiliated with the Florida Home Builders Association and the National Association of Home Builders and dates back to 1946. The TBBA is a volunteer organization comprised of builders, developers, trade contractors, suppliers, lending institutions, title companies, engineers, attorneys and other types of businesses that have a relationship to the building industry.” Visit http://www.tbba.net/ for more information.
Advice from the Florida Construction Licensing Board:
• Don’t be victimized by someone making a door-to-door presentation offering to do repair jobs or home improvements “on-the-spot” and requiring a cash deposit.
• Ask to see their Florida state certified contractor’s license.
• Get at least three bids, and ask for references of work the contractor has completed in your area.
• Make personal contacts and ask about the quality of work.
• Require a written contract with the contractor’s license number on it.
• Don’t sign if there are any blank areas and until you fully understand the terms.
• Do not pay cash or let payments get ahead of the work completed, and don’t pay the full cost of the job up-front.
• Make sure that building material costs are paid; ask for receipts.
• Check workers’ compensation coverage by requesting to see a certificate of insurance. If injuries occur on your property, you may be liable.