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Suggestions for Hiring a Licensed Contractor
If you have damage to your home resulting from Hurricane Irma, the City of Altamonte Springs offers the following suggestions to help ensure you hire a reputable licensed contractor:
  • Before hiring a contractor, ask to see a Florida state contractor’s license. Verify the license number with the Department of Business and Professional Regulations at www.myfloridalicense.com.
  • Do not hire an unlicensed contractor. Hiring an unlicensed contactor can result in noncompliance with building codes, poor quality of work, no insurance coverage, potential litigation and a much greater likelihood of being involved in a scam.
  • A city or county occupational license does not qualify an individual to act as a contractor.
  • Ask for references from three recent contracting jobs that the contractor has completed.
  • Ask for a copy of the contactor’s workers compensation and liability insurance.
  • Check the Better Business Bureau to see if the contractor has been responsive to resolving complaints. The web site of the Central Florida Better Business Bureau is located at www.bbb.org/central-florida/.
  • Ensure all services and costs are specified in a written contract. Do not rely on a verbal agreement for services.
  • Ask for quotes from three different contractors.
  • Replacement roofs, windows, doors and any structural work requires a building permit. Ensure the contract specifies that the contractor will acquire a permit and pass all inspections. A reputable contractor will not require a homeowner to obtain the permit.
  • Never pay cash when hiring a contractor. Be wary of any contactor that wants all or more of the money up front. Get a payment schedule up front that documents when additional payments are required based on the work completed. Most contactors will ask for 10% down and then periodic payments during the project.

If there are any questions regarding if a contractor is properly licensed or if a building permit is required, please call the Building/Fire Safety Division at (407) 571-8433.