Many citizens in Florida have fallen victim to dishonest, unlicensed, or improperly licensed contractors. Florida Statute 489 requires all construction contractors to hold a valid contractor's license prior to engaging in contracting. Always require that a contractor show you a valid contracting license before you sign a contract.
What To Look For
Some indications that a contractor may be unlicensed are:
Contractor requests a large deposit or all the money up front before any work has commenced
Contractor asks you to pull a homeowner permit
Contractor pressures you to sign a contract today or they can't give you this special price
To verify license of contractor, you may call the State of Florida Department of Professional Regulation at 850-487-1395. The City requires proof of license from contractors who pull permits for properties located in the City, so be sure to require that the contractor pull the permit in his name, not your name.