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Common Complaints between Homeowners and Contractors

Common Complaints between Homeowners and Contractors

Relationships are hard – between a husband and wife, mother and child, friend and friend, boss and employee, and contractor and homeowner. It’s easy for people to butt heads on many different topics and decisions. One of the best ways to better any relationship, personal or professional, is to communicate often and effectively. If one or both parties are left in the dark, problems and unhappiness arise.

As a Florida contractor licensing company, we wanted to share with you some common complains homeowners and contractors have with each other during a project.

  • Homeowners think their project took too long.
  • Homeowners felt their home and yard were made a mess or destroyed.
  • Homeowners felt there were too many hidden or additional costs.
  • Homeowners weren’t given a proper schedule or the project.
  • Homeowners felt left in the dark.
  • Homeowners felt like they were doing a lot of the managing of the project.
  • Homeowners said the contractor was often late or didn’t show up with no contact.
  • Homeowners said contractor didn’t take the time to do the project correctly.
  • Homeowners felt the contractor didn’t listen to them or understand their requests.
  • Homeowners said the contractor didn’t clean up mess.
  • Contractors said homeowners would let their children and pets walk into the project site.
  • Contractors said homeowners would call at unreasonable hours.

To avoid these issues, find a contractor you click with and who is very good at communicating. Before the project begins, get everything squared away. Ask about time frames. Ask about pricing. Ask about cleanliness. Ask about schedules. Ask about contact info.

Always keep in touch with the contractor throughout the day and throughout the duration of the project, so both parties are always on the same page. Always speak up if there is a problem, so you can fix it immediately. read more

Contracting Money Terms to Know

Contracting Money Terms to Know

Shopping around for a contractor? We know the process can be stressful – there’s a lot to research and think about. You want to hire a quality worker who is licensed, insured, and honest. After you’ve narrowed your search down, you want to start discussing with these contractors the scope of your project and the potential costs.  When dealing with money, there’s a few different terms used: bid, quote, estimate, and proposal. Do you know the difference? If not, we’re here to help.

We’re a Florida contractor licensing company and we help thousands of people get their contractor licenses, so we know this business well. For this article, we wanted to explain these words to you, so if a contractor says them, you’ll know exactly what he is referring to.

Bid – A bid is something submitted to a general contractor by a subcontractor to do part of a project. Abid also refers to a document that offers to do a job at a certain price in a certain time frame.

Quote – A quote is a number the contractor will give you based on numbers from a supplier regarding materials. A quote is usually only good for about a month. After a month, the cost of supplies will change as prices for materials fluctuate due to supply and demand. read more

Safety Tips During a Home Renovation

Safety Tips During a Home Renovation

You’re remodeling your home? Great! Get ready for a beautiful new space. The downside? You will have to live among the construction for a while. Construction sites, even in your own home, can be loud, messy, and dangerous. Although it’s probably only a section of your home being worked on, you want to make sure you keep yourself, your family, pets, and guests safe from the work area.

As a Florida contracting licensing company, we wanted to share with you some safety tips of how to live alongside a home renovation. Being in your home, we know its tough to completely avoid the area, especially if it’s in between other rooms and living spaces.

  • Block off the area with tape/tables/boards/etc. to keep people out of the room/area.
  • Let your contractor know how many children/pets live in the home, so he knows to keep an eye out for them in case any of them try to wander into the site out of curiosity.
  • Have a conversation with your children about the dangers of going into the construction space.
  • Schedule time out of the house when the contractor is working with larger equipment, or when big deliveries are expected.
  • Don’t leave your children home alone with the contractor. You always need to watch your kids.
  • Ask the contractor if any poisonous or hazardous chemicals will be temporarily exposed in the air. If so, schedule to be out of the house at that time.
  • Try to have the contractor and his crew enter the house a different way than you and your family.
  • Keep your pets in closed other rooms so they won’t distract or get in the way of the contractor.
  • At the end of the day, ask your contractor to put hazardous and dangerous materials and tools out of reach.
  • Have the contractor secure the work area before he leaves for the day.
  • Hand a tarp in the doorway between the work space and the rest of the room to block air pollutants.
  • Ask the contractor to do some work outside if possible.
  • Eliminate any uncovered rodent droppings found in the construction, so they will not spread sickness and disease.

Remember these precautions when getting your home remodeled. It can be a little frustrating having to live a little differently for a bit, but the outcome of your new renovated home is worth it.

Want to be a contractor? In the state of Florida, you’ll need your contractor’s license, and we can help you get it! We are a Florida contractor licensing company who has helped contractors all over the country get their licenses. To get your Florida contractor’s license or other state license, click our Florida contractor’s license page or call us at 239-777-1028. read more

Spotting a Bad Contractor

Spotting a Bad Contractor

In every industry, there are good workers and there are bad workers; there are honest people and there are liars. Unfortunately, the contracting world is not immune to bad people. When looking to hire a contractor for a project, it’s in your best interest to do your homework and hire a quality contractor – your home, project, or business is in their hands! Bad contractors make good contractors look bad and have made a lot of people distrust contractors.

You don’t want to be scammed by a bad contractor. As a Florida contractor licensing company, we’ve heard it all, so we wanted to share with you some things and tips to keep in mind for you to spot a bad contractor before you hire them.

  • If you are approached by a contractor for a job, there is a good chance this person doesn’t have good intentions. Don’t entertain contractors who home to your home unannounced.
  • Do research on contractors in your area. Look for reviews online and call the Better Business Bureau. Call the Department of Business & Regulation in your state and make sure the contractor you’re interested in has a license and carries insurance.
  • Ask a question (could be easy or hard) that you already know the answer to (and that the contractor should know too). If the contractor doesn’t know the answer, this is a good sign you should not hire them.
  • If a contractor cannot or will not give you references, don’t hire them.
  • If your contractor will not give you a written contract, don’t work with them.
  • If you’re doing a big job and your contractor refuses to get a permit, he likely isn’t licensed. Stop working with him immediately.
  • A quality contractor will set you up with a payment plan and never in cash.

If any of these strange situations or red flags pop up when dealing with a contractor, kindly end your relationship with them and move onto a more reputable contractor. You don’t want to be scammed out of money with a half-finished home.

Looking to get your contractor’s license? Join the thousands of reputable contractors and work in this rewarding industry. We are a Florida contractor licensing company who help contractors all over the country get their licenses. To get your Florida contractor’s license or other state license, click our Florida contractor’s license page or call us at 239-777-1028. read more

Things to Look at When Hiring a General Contractor

Things to Look at When Hiring a General Contractor

Looking to build a new home? Renovate your kitchen? Put on an addition? You’ll need to hire a general contractor. Although some thing you can renovate yourself, it’s much easier to hire a contractor who can get permits and knows exactly how to construct a home or room.

We suggest when looking for a contractor that you get a quote from at least three different contractors. You want to see the price ranges and get an idea of their skills. You also want to see if they communicate well and if you click with them.

As a Florida contractor licensing company, we wanted to share some things you should think about while hiring a contractor to build or work on your home.

  • Is the contractor licensed? Unlicensed contractor activity is illegal in Florida.
  • Make sure your contractor carries liability insurance and worker’s compensation. Accidents happen.
  • Ask for references.
  • Look at their portfolio.
  • Get an estimate and know the scope of work.
  • Beware of low bids.
  • Can you work with this contractor?
  • Do they work alone or with a team?
  • How long will this project last?
  • Is he/she easy to understand?
  • Does he/she communicate well?
  • Ask for an itemized bid. You want to see the breakdown of everything from the labor to the materials.
  • Ask for a payment schedule that goes along with the project schedule.

These are just a few things to think about when hiring a contractor. You want to hire someone who is trustworthy, experienced, reliable, skilled, and easy to communicate with.

If you know someone who want’s to be a contractor or if you do, we can help make that happen. We are a Florida contractor licensing company who help contractors all over the country get their licenses. To get your Florida contractor’s license or other state license, click our Florida contractor’s license page or call us at 239-777-1028. read more