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Questions to Ask a General Contractor

Questions to Ask a General Contractor

Before you begin working with anyone, it’s totally normal and essential to ask him/her questions before you start a project. You want to make sure you’re working with the right person for the job. We wanted to share with you some questions you should ask a general contractor before hiring them for a job.

  • How is your business organized?
    • Who is the owner?
    • Who is in charge of projects and tasks?
    Do you have experience with projects like mine? Same type and size? Can I have the contact information for past clients? How you do handle and manage scheduling? What technology do you use? How many subcontractors do you work with? How many people will be working on this project? Who will be in contact with me? How often? Will I be given a timeline? What happens if there is a delay? Who will be supervising my project? And how? Do you have workers compensation and liability insurance? How do you settle disputes? How much do you expect me to put down? How long have you been in this line of work?

    Finding the right contractor takes time and research. Talk to friends and get referrals. You want to work with someone trustworthy. The above question will help you get a better idea if this contractor makes sense to work with.

    Want to become a contractor yourself? Or know someone who does? You’ll need a contractor license to practice legally in Florida and many other states.  We are a contractor licensing company. We have helped thousands of contractors across the United States get their contractor license, and we want to help you too. We are based in Florida. When you contact us, we will ask you to provide us with some basic information on your skills, background, testing, education, etc. Then, we will fill out all the paperwork, let you know if you are missing anything, have you send us the correct/new info, finish up the application, and submit it to the Board on your behalf to get you approved. We get you approved the first time read more

Different Types of Construction Fraud

Different Types of Construction Fraud

Construction fraud is real, and it happens more frequently than one may thing. Construction companies and contractors can lose big money on this fraud. Fraud, especially at first, can be hard to spot, especially if a company has many employees, suppliers, and job sites. Often, an owner does not realize the fraud is occurring until it is too late.

We wanted to share with you the different types of fraud owners may have to deal with in the construction industry:

  • Time fraud – Workers can show up late or leave early or take too many breaks – this is stealing time and slowing down productivity. Over time, this can lose the company money. Workers will usually write down/punch in times they were working when they were not, so they’re getting paid for work and hours they did not do. Employers can fight this by installing security cameras near time clocks.
  • Fake injuries – Some employees have been known to fake injuries to get paid (with workers’ compensation) without having to work.  These fake injuries can cause a company’s workers compensation benefits rates to increase. Just like the time clock, cameras can prove if an employee did actually harm him/herself.
  • Bills for no work – Some subcontractors will bill the contractor for work and time they did not to. They can say they worked more hours than they did, say they used equipment and tools when they didn’t, and say what they completed, and they didn’t.  to fight this, it’s best to hire a licensed, well-respected subcontractor. It’s a good idea to hire someone you know already or know through someone else – this will reduce your chances of being robbed.
  • Stolen equipment. Whether it’s a machine or tool, stolen equipment can cost a contractor thousands. To combat this, GPS trackers on devices and security cameras can potentially track down the thief.

To avoid fraud before it happens, think about conducting background checks, have people in the company monitoring fraud, reviewing invoices, etc.  not all fraud can be avoided, but there’s a lot you can do to prevent it or stop it right in its tracks.

Ready to be a contractor? You will need to get your contractor license. As a contractor licensing company, we have helped thousands of contractors across the United States get their contractor license, and we want to help you too. First, you provide us with some basic information on your skills, background, testing, education, etc. Then, we will fill out all the paperwork, let you know if you are missing anything, have you send us the correct/new info, finish up the application, and submit it to the Board on your behalf to get you approved. We know all the requirements and deadlines. read more

What Skills Does a Construction Worker Need?

What Skills Does a Construction Worker Need?

Do you have what it takes to work in construction? Besides acquiring a license, do you know what skills you need? Construction workers need a variety of different mental and physical skills to be good at their jobs.

As a construction licensing company, we know what kind of background, education, skills, etc., are necessary for any type of contractor work. For this article, we wanted to share with you the skills a contractor needs in order to be successful at his/her job.

  • Construction workers need skills specific to their field or the jobs they choose. They need experience in everything from laying bricks, to installing windows to carpentry. For a specialized skill like plumbing or electrical work, they need more experience and another license.
  • High-level of problem-solving skills. They need to fix problems fast, as well.
  • Quick thinking is a must.
  • They need to know how to read blueprints.
  • They need analytical skills.
  • They need to be physically fit.
  • They need to be able to stand for long periods of time.
  • Workers need to be coordinated and have dexterity.
  • They need to have a great memory.
  • They need to know when they need to work independently and also when and how to work as a team.
  • Workers need communication and listening skills.
  • Workers need to have decision-making skills.
  • Workers need to be organized.
  • Workers need to be fast learners and pick up on new technology and equipment quickly.
  • They need to work well with others.

If you have these skills, you will be a successful construction worker. Always try to improve on your skills or learn new ones. You want to be a asset to your company.

Need a contractor’s license? Want to upgrade your license? Or, do you need a specialty license? We can help. We know what the Contractor Licensing Board in your state is looking for you to get approved. We are a contractor licensing company. We have helped thousands of contractors across the United States get their contractor license.

To get your contractor license, click our Florida contractor’s license page to get started with us or call 239-777-1028. read more

Registered Contractor Vs. Certified Contractor

Registered Contractor Vs. Certified Contractor

 

Did you know there’s a difference between a registered contractor and a certified contractor? Well, there is in Florida.

 

According to the Florida DBPR (Department of Business & Professional Regulation, a certified contractor is someone who passed the state licensing examination to become licensed (except in cases of Grandfathering and Endorsement). Certified licensees can work anywhere within the State of Florida. While, a registered contractor is someone who registered a local county or municipal certificate of competency with the Electrical Contractors’ Licensing Board to become a state registered contractor. Registered licensees can only work in the counties or municipalities where they hold a local license.

 

If you’re looking to work in many areas of Florida, you will need a certified contractor’s license.  With a registered contractor license, your license resides in the county. You let Florida know this county license exists. If you let your county license expire, your license overall is considered expired. You need both the county and state registration up to date. read more

How to Practice Safety on the Job

How to Practice Safety on the Job

Contractor work comes with a lot of risks. When you work with heavy machinery, power lines, power tools, chemicals, sharp objects, heavy objects, etc., there is a higher probability you will get hurt. As a contractor, it’s in your best interest to follow and abide by safety guidelines of your company, of the tools your using, and of a work site.

Each year, there are new safety rules, precautions, tools, and more to ensure worker and work place safety. The goal is to reduce the number of accidents and injuries more and more each year.

We wanted to share with you some tips and things to remember to be safer on a work site or job as a contractor:

  • Know were all the safety supplies are including the first aid kit.
  • Always wear a hard hat when told.
  • Always wear safety glasses and gloves when the job calls for it.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather and job at hand.
  • Watch where you’re stepping.
  • Do not leave tools on the ground.
  • Do not leave machinery running while unsupervised.
  • Do not use equipment you do not know how to run.
  • Always wear proper masks when using certain chemicals.
  • Wear a seatbelt when operating heavy machinery.
  • Keep all tools and equipment cleaned and properly stored away.
  • Inspect all tools and machines weekly to make sure they are running properly.
  • Do not carry or move more than you are physically capable of.
  • Do not keep your back to a machine.
  • Do not ignore safety signs.
  • Do not be oblivious to things around you.
  • Follow safety manuals for machines.
  • Locate all wires, power lines, pipes, slopes, and other hazards at any job and let everyone know where they are.
  • Wear reflective gear.

By following and practicing the above tips, you will likely reduce the number of workplace incidents that occur on you job sites.

Need a contractor’s license? We can help get you licensed. We are a Florida contractor’s licensing company. We know how to file and complete an application, so the Board approves it the right time. We also help get you approved quickly. read more