Jacksonville, FL- Spring is upon us and many homeowners are getting their “Honey-Do” lists completed and preparing their home for the summer months. BBB Serving Northeast Florida & The Southeast Atlantic hears from countless homeowners who have made the mistake of hiring someone to help around the home without doing their research.
If you are contemplating hiring a contractor don’t let yourself become a victim. Unlicensed contractors often target the uniformed and inexperienced, as well as the elderly. Red flags that you may be dealing with an unlicensed contractor include:
BBB offers the following tips for making sure you hire a reputable contractor:
BBB recommends that you not only request to see licensing and insurance information, but that you verify this information as well. “Always check out any contractor you are considering with BBB. “ said BBB president Tom Stephens. “Additionally, we can provide a list of BBB accredited contractors in your area.” BBB accreditation means the company has met BBB standards, is properly licensed and licensing has been verified within the last year. It also assures you that the company has committed to use BBB's dispute resolution process if a problem arises.
For more information you can trust, visit us at bbb.org/north-east-florida or follow us on twitter @BBBJacksonville.
For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping consumers find businesses and brands they can trust. In 2013, consumers turned to BBB 131 million times for Business Reviews on more than 6.5 million businesses, all available for free at bbb.org. The Council of Better Business Bureaus is the umbrella organization for 113 local, independent BBBs across the United States, Mexico and Canada, as well as home to its national programs on dispute resolution and industry self-regulation.