You have damage on your home.
It is common to ask a neighbor, a friend or to go to social media to ask for companies. You may even have people knocking on your door or calling you.
You want to protect your home- but we want to protect you!
It can be tricky to know who to hire.
Florida has different building codes than many other states, due to different weather conditions.
The Florida Building Codes can be found at https://floridabuilding.org/c/default.aspx
When can I hire a handyman to perform the work? This link will provide all the services a handyman in Florida can perform. Click here for a list of what a handyman can and cannot do
Important information about a handyman:
- There is no such thing as a handyman license in Florida. Handymen may have a business tax receipt, provided by the Tax Collector’s Office.
- If you have anyone working on your home that has a handyman business tax receipt, you should get a copy of their insurance policy. This will help you if you need to file a claim against their work or if they get hurt on your property.
- Because a handyman does not have a license, they do not have a license number.
What happens if you hire someone who doesn’t have a license?
- Your insurance may not pay, or reimburse you for the work they performed. Your insurance will ask you for a permit to ensure the work has been inspected. An unlicensed company will not be able to pull the permit.
- You could get a fine. Homeowners Face Penalties For Hiring Unlicensed Contractors. According to Florida Law, consumers who knowingly hire unlicensed construction contractors could face a fine of up to $5,000.00.Chapter 455.228
- The work may not be performed to the Florida Building Code and may have to be redone, or may cause damage.
For more information, please visit Florida Department of Business Professional Regulation at http://www.myfloridalicense.com/DBPR/emergency/