There are many differences when it comes to hiring contractors who are licensed and insured by the state versus those who aren’t. The first thing to point out to you is their training. Experienced contractors have taken the proper classes and tests to carry their licensing. These professionals are bonded and insured in the state they carry their licensing. The key word to remember here is ‘STATE.’ In the state of Florida, the contractors must pass the exams, file the proper paperwork and take out insurance that protects both themselves as well as you and your property. If they’re licensed elsewhere, it doesn’t count. The procedure and credentials are viable for the state they reside and do business. Be sure to check with state officials to do your due diligence.
Next, other than being licensed by the state, ask what type of experience they have. In some cases, contractors will do the work without the proper licensing and in some cases, may have little to no education being in construction at all. Just because they help their brother-n-law on the weekends, doesn’t make them a qualified contractor. It’s important to know what you’re hiring and who as there are people who can do damage or even abandon the work, leaving you in their dust. Be sure to ask for references and check the state for proper paperwork.
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