Protect Your Investment… Hire Only Licensed Contractors

June 7th, 2012

The rush to hire a contractor may lead you to hire a dishonest individual… or to hire an unlicensed contractor.

While hiring an unlicensed contractor may provide a quick fix in the short term, it could result in many serious and lasting consequences, including further damage to your property.

By hiring a licensed contractor, you will have peace of mind knowing that the project will be done by someone who has taken the time to acquire the appropriate education and the proper workers’ compensation and/or liability insurance and who possesses the necessary experience.

It is extremely important to be cautious when contracting for home improvements and storm repairs. Educate yourself, become an informed consumer, and protect yourself from dishonest persons who will use your misfortune to their advantage.

Choosing a Contractor:

>> Before you hire a contractor, ask to see a
state-issued license.

>> An occupational license does not qualify an
individual to act as a contractor.

>> Ask for references. A legitimate contractor will be happy to provide you with
the names and contact information of recent customers.

>> Get a written estimate from several licensed contractors. Make sure the
estimate includes the work the contractor will do, the materials involved, the
completion date, and total cost.

>> Beware of contractors who claim to be the fastest or the cheapest. Hiring them
could result in poor workmanship, inferior materials or unfinished jobs.

>> Contact your insurance agent first to verify your insurance covers the repairs
before you sign a contract. Know the steps to file a claim. You do not have to
tell the contractor how much your insurance company will pay for repairs, but
if you do, get the contractor’s estimate first.

Some Helpful Tips:

>> Review your contract before you sign it.

>> Contact your insurance company to make sure work performed is covered
under insurance policy.

>> If your contract exceeds $2,500, become familiar with the Florida Construction Lien
Law.

>> Most jobs require permits. Always check with your local building department
regarding permits needed for your project.

To verify a contractor’s license, or to file a complaint against a contractor, call
1.850.487.1395 or go to the Department’s website: www.MyFloridaLicense.com

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Founded in 2004, US Aluminum Services, Corp. is a fully insured and state certified construction company that complies with all Florida Codes for the construction industry. US Aluminum Services offers the best designed, best installed and best backed warranty in the business. All services are executed to the exact specifications of our customers’ request. Our materials are top of the line, made exclusively to US Aluminum Service specifications by the top manufactures in Florida. Their services include: Florida screen rooms, patio and pool enclosures, sunrooms, architectural columns, pergolas, seamless gutters, pavers and fences. http://us-aluminum.com/

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