By Alexander Barthet

We can all see the signs of a healthier construction economy – more concrete trucks on the road, more houses being remodeled, and more customers at  neighborhood Home Depots. But with this surge in construction comes the inevitable appearance of unlicensed contractors. These unscrupulous tradesmen pose as licensed contractors, ready to work at reduced prices. Don’t be fooled by their smooth talk. Do your homework and check to see if the contractor you’re prepared to hire is not only insured but actually licensed to work. Not doing so exposes you to the potential of shoddy if not unfinished work, and little recourse without having to get your construction lawyer involved.

The helpful infographic below points out the active role taken by Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation to address this problem.

Do you know who has to be licensed?