SOUTHWEST, Fla. — If you’re looking to hire a contractor, the Better Business Bureau says "do your homework".
The BBB say that starts with making sure the person you’re hiring has a state contractor’s license.
Experts say even if you’ve worked with them before, check their current status.
So who needs a license?
The BBB says if you’re hiring someone to build, install, repair or improve your home - make sure they have a contractor’s license. They say if you pay some to do the following, that person should have a license:
- to make structural changes to walls
- build a pool
- electrical work
- roofing work
- air condition work
The bureau says verifying that a contractor is licensed is not just to verify that they’re cleared through the state, but it is also to protect you, too.
Failing to hire a license construction professional means you’ll have less recourse if something goes wrong with your project.
The bureau says a contractor having that license is not just to verify that they’re cleared through the state, but it also protect you, too.
To find a contractor that you trust, the BBB recommends checking their license status here.
You’ll also want to check with your county or city’s licensing board to make sure your potential hire is registered.
You can find more recommendations here.