PROTECT YOUR HOME AFTER THE STORM
FIND A PROFESSIONAL
Looking for help after the storm?
We encourage you to contact a locally licensed company in order to protect yourself and your property. The Tallahassee Builders Association’s member directory is available online (HERE) or contact the TBA office at 850.385.1414.
Protect your Home and Business After the Storm by Hiring a Licensed Contractor
After the Storm….the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) is urging consumers to protect themselves from unlicensed individuals offering to make repairs on their homes or businesses. Unlicensed activity occurs when a person who is not licensed by the state performs or offers to perform a job or service that requires licensure in one of the professions regulated by the DBPR.
“After a storm, it’s common for unlicensed individuals to take advantage of consumers who need repairs done,” said DBPR Secretary Ken Lawson. “Unlicensed activity is against the law and is a serious offense especially during a state of emergency. DBPR works to protect the safety of Floridians, both physically and financially, by identifying unlicensed individuals and bringing them into compliance with the law.”
Common storm-related services requiring a state license include roof repairs, roof replacements, installing new windows, plumbing repairs and electrical repairs or rewiring.
Some home repairs and construction services, such as trimming or removing fallen trees, removing debris and placing a tarp on a roof, do not require a state license. As an added precaution, consumers should check with local building departments to determine if there are any local permitting or licensing requirements.
When working with any contractor, consumers should always verify an individual’s license before signing contracts or making payments. Precautions to take include not paying cash, not writing checks made payable to individuals, especially when working with a company and always receiving a detailed description in writing of the work to be done.
Consumers can verify licenses by contacting the DBPR online at www.myfloridalicense.com, calling 850-487-1395 or through the free DBPR Mobile app available on iTunes or the Google Play store.
The Tallahassee Builders Association offers a complete list of locally owned businesses that offer all types of construction services for your home and your business. Click here to review the entire membership directory or Here to find a list of local companies that are ready to help with your home and business repairs today.