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Consultation with a Contractor

Consultation with a Contractor

If you’re thinking about remodeling your home, you most likely want to hire a contractor. Although many projects around the home can be easy enough to do on your own (carpet installation), bigger projects (building an addition) should be left to professional, licensed contractors.

When looking for a contractor, we suggest looking at 3 or 4 for you to compare. When you meet with the contractor, you will have a consultation with them. The consultation is usually free. During this consult, the contractor will look at the room/space you want to remodel or build. The contractor will listen to your wants and needs and what you envision, as well as what the space will be used for. The contractor will want to know what you’re looking for including: more space, a more modern look, more storage, better layout, better cabinetry, better room flow, etc.

A lot of your ideas may clash or may not be within your budget. The contractor will let you know all that needs to be done to get to your goals. The contractor and his team can help you with all the ideas, including design, to help you map out your ideal space. read more

What Does A General Contractor Do?

What Does A General Contractor Do?

Not all contractors are created equal. You wouldn’t hire an electrical contractor to fix your toilet. Each contractor has their own specific skillset. If that’s the case, what does a general contractor do? By definition, a general contractor is a contractor “whose services are unlimited as to the type of work which he or she may do, who may contract for any activity requiring licensure under this part, and who may perform any work requiring licensure under this part, except as otherwise expressly provided in s. 489.113.”

In the state of Florida, a general contractor can become licensed if he/she has 48 months on jobs with at least 12 months as a foreman and show experience in at least 4 areas of commercial construction.

General contractors are licensed and bonded by the state because they can build structures. A general contractor can work on large projects where building permits are needed.  General contractors are good if you’re adding an addition to your home or moving a wall. If you are changing the structure of your home, the city needs to give you permission and the city and a building inspector will only approve structural work done by a licensed general contractor. read more

Get Your Georgia Contractor License

Get Your Georgia Contractor License

Although we are a contractor licensing company based in Florida, we have helped our clients get their contractor licenses all across the state. One state where we’ve helps dozens of people get their licenses is Georgia. Georgia has a lot of contractor licensing requirements, which can become overwhelming and confusing for people – that’s where we come in.

Our goal is to make the contractor-license process an easy, stress-free process for you. We make the application process painless! With Georgia’s requirements, we know all that is needed to get you approved quickly in that state. We know the proper steps (to take to expedite the license approval process. It takes about 3 weeks to have you a certified Georgia contractor’s license number.

When we complete a contractor license application, we aren’t just filling out forms and gathering paperwork. We analyze your past and present and use your skillset and experience strategically to build you a solid application that will pass.

As a contractor licensing company, we give all our clients unlimited time to ask us questions related to contractor licenses and the application process. We work with our clients through email and fax, so we can work with you from anywhere in the country. We run Department of Business & Professional Regulation (DBPR) credit reports. We analyze and review the application to ensure everything is correct. We overnight ship to the DBPR and we monitor the DBPR’s approval process. read more

Credit Report Forms for Contractor Licenses

Credit Report Forms for Contractor Licenses

 

Looking to start a business? Well, you need good credit. In Florida, the Department of Business & Professional Regulation’s Construction Industry Licensing Board requires all applicants who want to become a state certified contractor to provide cred reports for themselves and their business entity. The credit reports need to indicate that local, state, and federal records have been searched. A person credit report needs to contain a FICO derived credit score.

 

In order to get a contractor’s license, you need a credit report, so the state can make a decision on your financial responsibility. In order to form a new business, you need a credit report on file.

 

As a Florida contractor licensing company, we are on the Department of Business & Professional Regulations list of approved credit reporting agencies. Our credit reports include:

  • FICO Score
  • A statement that Public Records have been searched at the Local, State and Federal Levels

 

Our credit reports, which are DBPR approved cost $50 per report.

 

To get your credit report, follow these steps:

  1. Please click on the type/number of credit report(s) you need:

 

  1. Your reports will be completed within 48 hours.
  2. We will email your credit reports to the email you provided.  Please print them out and include with your application to the DBPR.

 

If you have any questions about these credit reports or getting your contractor’s license, let us know. We are here to help you. We are a Florida contractor licensing company who will do the contractor application process for you. read more

Should You Hire a Contractor?

Should You Hire a Contractor?

 

Owning a home is a 24-7 job. Unlike an apartment or condo, there is much for you to think about. From the plumbing to appliances, anything can go wrong at any time. Besides enjoying your home, the number one job you have in your home is to maintain it. Regular maintenance on your home can help you keep things from breaking. Small tasks throughout the year should be easy enough for you to handle, but bigger tasks, especially those that are seemingly dangerous, should be handled by professional contractors.

As a homeowner, what kind of jobs around the house can you do yourself without the help of a contractor?

  • Change batteries in smoke detectors.
  • Change out the HVAC filters.
  • Clean the garbage disposal.
  • Make sure your fire extinguisher is up-to-date.
  • Test your smoke and carbon dioxide detectors.
  • Check the water softener.
  • Test your water heater pressure relief valve.
  • Deep clean your house twice a year.
  • Clean your gutters.
  • Replace a broken part of an appliance.
  • Change lightbulbs.

These are just a few maintenance things you can do throughout your home during the year to keep everything in good condition. However, if you need a bigger task done or a remodeling job, it’s time to call a contractor.  Want to rewire your basement? Move where your fridge is in the kitchen? Install a new sink in the bathroom? Knock down a wall? You’re better off hiring a contractor who has an expertise working with wires, plumbing, and structures. You don’t want to electrocute yourself, fall, flood your home or compromise the structure of your home. Leave it to the professionals. read more