General Contractor in Florida FAQ’s

What Should I Consider When Hiring a Florida General Contractor?101

Check references and ask questions. If scope of work requires a permit, is cost of pulling the permit included? What is the start date and estimated finish date? Does the proposal include warranty and what specifically does it cover? Who will be in charge of the project? What materials will be used? What subcontractors will be used? Are you diligent about cleanup? General Contractors need to communicate well and properly document with subcontractors and employees. Is the contractor communicating well with you and giving you a clear and detailed proposal? Your General Contractor should explain proposed work in detail. Make sure any promises are in the written contract. Having an expert GC coordinate and subcontract work is often a great value  typically a GC adds only about 10  15% to subcontractors costs.  Establish specifications in order to have contractors bid on the same requirements. The cheapest contractor isnt always the best value. Verify licensing and insurance  see below.


 

In this Economy, What Types of Remodeling are most Cost Effective?102

According to a recent survey by National Association of Realtors, some lower cost and even higher cost remodeling projects  can result in extremely high return on investment  ROI. Among the more expensive projects, siding and window replacement rates very high. Adding an attic bedroom is also estimated to attain high ROI.
Inexpensive jobs with very high ROI include adding wood deck, kitchen remodel, replacing cabinet doors, adding breakfast bar and adding lighting fixtures. Some great tips  you can install granite times atop kitchen counters for a small fraction of the cost of granite slab. Since pricing of homes, condominiums and apartments is often based on number of rooms, installation of a couple walls to make another room can, presto, add a lot of value.


 

Why Should I Hire Only a Florida General Contractor that is Licensed & Insured?103

Damage or injury caused by a Florida uninsured Contractor can result in denial of coverage. If an uninsured Florida contractors employee gets hurt on the job, you can be liable. If you didnt pull a permit when required, you might be forced to undo the work. If an unlicensed contractor fails to fulfill terms of contract, you may not be able to win a lawsuit  the contract might be deemed illegal.
Required Florida licensing depends on type of building. If the building is one-family, two-family, or three-family residence which is not more than two stories or an “accessory use structure” in connection with one of these buildings, licensing can be as general contractor, building contractor or residential contractor. If the building is over three stories, the contractor must hold a general contractors license. A building contractor license allows work on commercial buildings, single-dwelling or multiple-dwelling residential buildings no more than three stories. Residential, general and building contractors can be CERTIFIED by Florida to do business anywhere in the state or REGISTERED to do work only in certain cities or counties with applicable certificate of competency. You can check Contractor License data at Florida DBPR.

Bonding can guarantee completion and cover various property damage claims caused by a contractor. Talk to your Insurance Agent about what you need to require from your Florida contractor. You can find Workers Comp data at Florida DBPR.

 

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