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Take 5 Minutes to Ensure You’re Protected
In the State of Florida and around the country, you hear stories all the time about unsuspecting homeowners being the victims of theft or scams by unlicensed contractors that work, or say, they will do work on their homes. It’s essential that when you let someone in your home or business, that you know they are a licensed professional. Hiring a licensed contractor offers many additional protections to the property owner, especially regarding residential property. First of all, a contractor can not obtain a license without possessing a minimum amount of experience and must pass a business management test. The applicant also may be subjected to a criminal history background check, and must not have any unresolved contracting complaints outstanding.
So here’s our Five Minute Process that could potentially protect you from a huge financial mistake.
*We will be using The State of Florida as our example. If you live in another state, laws will be similar, but check your government’s regulations and laws for differences
How to check if your Florida Air Conditioning Contractor is Licensed
Go to MyFlorida.com. Click on the large red italic font “Licensee Search”, near the top of the page , in the Featured e-Government Services section. (note that to some, it will looks like a heading for what’s below it instead of a “link”).
Find the type of Contractor you’re looking for (ex. Air Conditioning Contractor, Electrical Contractor or General Contractor). Click that category and you will be taken to a screen with various search options.
If you are checking a particular company or a certain individual, click on Search by Name, but there are other options available as well. Click the Search button at right.
Now you can enter the information, and we will use Kalos Services, Inc. as a sample. Enter that into the “Organization/Establishment name” field and you can add the city of “Clermont”. You’ll see a list of licenses on the screen, and in our particular case see the Air Conditioning, Electrical and General Contractors license we hold. (You can also click into the entry to further investigate the company – to ensure that everything is up to date with their Florida license and that you are looking at the right company.)
There you go! Though this won’t completely protect you from incompetence, it will at least protect you from scammers. This can be a great resource when you’re doing business with anyone that you have not properly vetted or without solid referrals. Check out website like Angie’s List or the Better Business Bureau for some reviews on how the company does business and if their customers are pleased with them!