Warning Signs That Contractor Is Unlicensed
- Unlicensed contractors may request a large down payment in cash, or a check made out to cash prior to doing any work. They may even
offer to drive you to the bank to obtain these funds.
- Unlicensed contractors will ask you to obtain the permit or advise you that you don’t need one. If you call the Osceola County Building
Office, the staff will be more than happy to advise you whether or not a permit is required for your particular job.
- Unlicensed contractors often will not provide the consumer with a written contract or guarantee.
- Unlicensed contractors will not have a valid contractor’s number on their contracts or advertisements.
- Unlicensed contractors often want to do the construction work on weekends.
- Unlicensed contractors may promise you a large discount if you sign up immediately.
- Beware of a contractor who claims to have just completed a job down the street and has materials left over from that job who offers to
do the work cheap.
- Beware if a contractor has a post office address with no street address, or gives a local motel as his address.
- Beware of people wanting to do a free home inspection. Always verify that they are a licensed contractor prior to allowing them to do
- Beware of people soliciting to do a roof repair, asphalt or texture coating of driveways.
- Unlicensed contractors usually do not carry general liability or worker’s compensation insurance.
- Unlicensed contractors normally target the elderly, uninformed, young and inexperienced.
- Unlicensed contractors normally use unmarked vans or trucks.
- Often, unlicensed contractors will become abusive and threatening when you refuse to do business with them.
- Do not give a deposit or sign a contract until you have confirmed that the contractor is licensed. Ask the contractor to leave the
contract with you and come back the next day. This gives you the time to look it over without being pressured or intimidated. Also, you can
contact the Building Office if you suspect possible problem.