Beware of Unlicensed Contractors
City officials want to stress the importance of hiring licensed contractors to provide repairs on homes damaged by the tornado. This also holds true for any work inside the city limits of Cape Coral. Entering into a contract can be a major financial commitment. You need to be sure the business you are hiring is properly licensed and insured. Using unlicensed contractors can cause additional problems for homeowners.
Here are some helpful tips for spotting unlicensed contractors.
- Be aware of "special" deals or "this is good only for today."
- Most contractors will not go door to door looking for business.
- Ask for names and addresses of previous customers.
- If they ask for partial or full payment upfront before doing any work, be wary! Most companies will collect payment when then the work is completed or during stages of the process.
Contractors must have State and Local licenses to work in the City of Cape Coral. The license number must be on the work vehicles and contracts they provide to their customers.
Consumers can check myflorida.com to see if the contractor is licensed or not.
Citizens also can call the City's Licensing Division at (239) 574-0613 to verify City and State licensing for contractors.