• Roofing contractors are required
    to be certified or registered by the State.
  • Home improvement contractors must be certified by the State of Florida as either a General, Building, or Residential Contractor.
  • There is no such thing as a legal, jack of all trades.

Homeowners & Construction

Homeowners Beware!

(A Guide To Protecting Yourself From Uncertified Construction Contractors)

Each year homeowners and businessmen lose hundreds of thousands of dollars to uncertified (unlicensed) contractors. The team at NEW HORIZON CONSTRUCTION is committed to doing all they can to protect and educate the public against illegal, unlicensed contractors. The following is a list of suggestions to help you recognize the warning signs that may indicate the person/company is not certified:

  • No license number and/or business address on the vehicle, business card, contract, newspaper/flyer or page ad.
  • A large down payment is required before work begins or many requests are made for money during the early phases of construction.
  • Contractor displays only an “occupational license” which is required in addition to a Certificate of Competency.
  • Permit is obtained by someone other than the person or company contracting to do the work or you’re informed that the job does not require a permit or inspection.
  • The contractor is only willing to work on weekends or after hours, and/or is not willing to put all terms in writing, verbal contract only.
  • The contractor does not have proof of General Liability or Workman’s Compensation Insurance.

You Can Help Yourself!

Simply by making three (3) telephone calls, you can greatly reduce your risk of loss to an uncertified contractor.

  • 1. Call to obtain a second bid for the work done.
  • 2. Require references and call to verify those references.
  • 3. Call the D.B.P.R. to confirm that your builders are legitimate contractors.

Did You Know ...

Simply by making three (3) telephone calls, you can greatly reduce your risk of loss to an uncertified contractor.

  • If you hire an unlicensed contractor, you may actually pay twice as much or more for the job than if you had hired a licensed contractor.
  • If you pull a permit for an unlicensed contractor, you are held responsible for the work, not the contractor.
  • If the unlicensed contractor fails to pay his sub-contractors or suppliers, you may be required to pay them, even though you have already paid the contractor.
  • Plumbing, electrical, and heating & air conditioning work must be done only by contractors and craftsmen certified in those trades and require separate permits.
  • You may be held liable for injury on your property if the unlicensed contractor has no insurance or Workman’s Comp.
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