Are you planning to remodel your home? If so, make sure you hire a licensed contractor and secure the proper permits. Although it might be tempting to use unlicensed contractors because
they usually charge less, the cost to repair the work or the exposure to liability can be overwhelming.
Here are some of the dangers of hiring unlicensed contractors:
*Work is done without the required permit(s), which means no inspection to ensure compliance with state and local building codes.
*The property owner becomes liable for injuries of workers.
*No recourse to recover lost funds or damages.
When considering hiring a contractor, here are some tips to protect you
from these risks:
*Ask to see the contractor’s license – licensed contractors will be proud to show their license as they worked hard for it.
*Make sure you see a license number on ALL of the contractor’s forms and
paperwork, including advertising as this is a requirement.
*Never pay upfront.
*Call Cape Coral’s Licensing Section (574-0726), State Department of Business and Professional Regulation or the Citizen’s Action Center (574-0425) to check the license before hiring a contractor.
*Always be wary of a deal that sounds too good to be true.
*Obtain more than two estimates.
*Do not give in to high pressure sales as it is your home and hard-earned money.
*Be careful of door-to-door sales people. They need a peddler’s license, so ask to see it.
*If you notice anything suspicious call Code Compliance at 574-0613.
Good Luck with the remodeling! Have a Beautiful Day!
Century 21 Sunbelt Realty
Your Cape Coral Real Estate Expertwww.ackermanswfl.com