Importance of Following Lien Law and Filing the Notice Commencement

Importance of Following Lien Law and Filing the Notice Commencement

Within the construction industry in Florida, deadlines and time frames are strongly enforced which means that general contractors need to have their paperwork in order. It’s also important for keeping the project on track, for example knowing the start date of a project is important, but how does one know the exact date? It’s available in the Notice of Commencement.   What is the Notice of Commencement? The notice of commitment, also known as the “Affidavit of Commencement” or the “Notice of Project Commencement” is an official document that declares the starting date of a construction project. It’s the same day that the contractor, subcontractor, or support can start providing labor and materials for the project.   The NOC is thus an announcement that a project has started. It also contains information that is useful for different stakeholders at various stages of the project. An NOC will usually contain: The property owner’s name and address A description of the property and the full address A brief description of the work that is to be done The general contractor’s name, address and contact information The contractor’s surety information The lender’s information Details of the property owner’s legal representatives The expiration date of the Notice The property owners’ signatures (helpful if payment issues arise)   For general contractors in Florida, this information, as well as the signatures from the property owners, is very important. The information can be used if payment issues arise. Additionally, pre-lien notices (such as the Notice to Owner and the mechanic’s liens) will rely on this information. It is therefore recommended that general contractors, as well as...

How to Find the Best General Contractor for the Job in Florida

Before starting work on a renovation, extension, or building project in Florida, someone with a valid general contractor’s license will need to oversee the project and hiring the right person will be the first thing that needs to be done. This is one of the most important steps and shouldn’t be rushed. The individual should have the right credentials, they need to have a valid license, and they should also have the right experience to be able to complete the job successfully. Once the general contractor for the project has been hired, they will then be able to hire the relevant sub-contractors, including plumbers, carpenters, and electricians. There are two main checks that should be done before hiring a general contractor: 1. Check That the General Contractor’s License is Valid In Florida, the regulation of general contractors is overseen by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), and they have all the licensed contractors listed online on MyFloridaLicense.com. It is possible to search by Licensee Name, Licensee Number, by City or County, or by License Type. Simply navigate to the website, type in the details, and search. For a more general search, the best option is to search by city to receive a list of licensed contractors. Check the Details of the License The results will show the type of license, the license number, and the status. Pay particular attention to the status – it should be Current, Active (not Revoked, Null and Void or Suspended). By clicking on any of the results, it is then possible to see the contact details – check those against those...

Paperwork that a Florida General Contractor Needs

To perform general contracting work in Florida, you need to hold a contractor’s license. There are two options: to be licensed throughout the whole state or to work only locally in your jurisdiction. Both licenses are processed by the Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board. The board operates under the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR). So, in order to hold a valid general contractor license in Florida, the contractor will need to adhere to the requirements set out by these agencies. General Contractor License Types in Florida There are two types of licenses that you can apply for that both fall under the Department of Business and Professional Regulation in order to operate as a general contractor. 1. Certified License A certified general contractors license is valid throughout the state of Florida, permitting the license holder to work anywhere in the state. 2. Registered License This license is more limited as the contractor is only permitted to work within specified local jurisdictions. To qualify for a registered license, the holder will need to have been issued a certificate of competency by that jurisdiction. There are also various, more specific contractor licenses that fall under these classifications. In particular, a general contractor may wish to apply for the following additional licenses: Building Contractor – this license is for construction work that includes the repair, remodeling, and improvement of commercial and residential buildings that are more than three stories in height. Residential Contractor – this license allows for the construction as well as repair, remodeling, and improvement of homes for between one and three families, lower than two stories....
The Best Way to Win the Job as a General Contractor in Florida

The Best Way to Win the Job as a General Contractor in Florida

Your job as a general contractor in Florida is to simplify the construction or remodeling process for the homeowner. In many cases, homeowners have had a bad experience or have heard horror stories by a friend who’s had a remodeling project go badly. This is usually due to an unreliable general contractor. Therefore, the best way to win a job is to build the customer’s confidence in your business. They are more likely to choose your services if you answer their questions, ensure your paperwork is in order, share good references, offer a written estimate and set up clear terms of payment.   1. Answer All Their Questions Quickly and Efficiently The way that you conduct yourself in your dealings with the client, gives them a good idea of what they can expect for the rest of the project. Prior to the homeowner signing with you, ensure that you answer all their questions as fully and as quickly as possible. This will allow the client to see how you will conduct yourself as their advocate once the contract has been signed. Answer all questions thoroughly and make it easy for them to understand. Homeowners want to be confident that they comprehend the implications for the project. For example, they want to know their expected cost and the estimated timeline for the project. Be as transparent about the whole process as possible, so that your client feels comfortable moving forward with you at the reins. 2. Ensure That All Your Paperwork is in Order A homeowner or building owner, especially for larger projects, will do their due diligence researching your...
5 Ways to Outsource Your Paperwork as a General Contractor in Florida

5 Ways to Outsource Your Paperwork as a General Contractor in Florida

Contractors Reporting Services in Tampa, FL leads the way in helping general contractors run their construction business. From assisting with Florida contractor’s license requirements and sharing insight into how to become a contractor, they offer an end-to-end service for general contractors. As a licensed general contractor you have more than enough to deal with on a daily basis without the additional stress and headaches of paperwork. While you understand the importance of filling the annual reports with the Secretary of State and keeping your workers’ compensation exemption renewed, it can be difficult to fit these tasks into an already packed day. Application Service for Your Florida General Contractor License Once you have passed your State exam in Florida, you will need to provide specific application information for that trade. You can use an Initial Application service to help you obtain your general contractor license quickly and efficiently to avoid any delay. Financial Stability Reviews and Reporting These reviews and reports include checking public records at the County, State, and Federal levels. Both the State as well as the relevant local County or City municipalities will approve these reports. They will be completed by Contractors Reporting Services within twenty-four hours of receiving the information. Corporation or LLC (Limited Liability Corporation) Formation This does not need to be an expensive undertaking. In stark contrast to other overpriced websites, Contractors Reporting Services offers an affordable solution. Friendly, professional staff offers a customized solution and the personal attention that you need. We’ll answer all your questions and deliver the right  solution for your business, setting you up as either a C-Corporation or S-Corporation....
The Importance of a General Contractor License in Florida

The Importance of a General Contractor License in Florida

In order to run a profitable, sustainable business as a licensed general contractor in Florida you need to comply with the relevant regulations for the state. This includes holding the correct permits and licenses. Florida State’s licensing requirements are specific and, depending on the nature of your work; you may need a different license in order to work legally. Contracting without a license in Florida is a serious offense, and the penalties are severe. For this reason, it’s important to understand who monitors compliance, what the different licenses are, as well as the consequences for non-compliance. Who Monitors Contractor License Compliance? In Florida, applying for a contractor license is done with the Construction Industry Licensing Board (CILB) headquartered in Tallahassee with field offices throughout the State. They are responsible for licensing and regulating the construction industry. They meet regularly to consider applications, adjudicate on disciplinary cases as well as conducting licensing and discipline hearings. Their website offers the functionality to perform a Florida contractor license search which makes it easy for all parties involved in a project to verify that they are working with a contractor who holds a valid general contractors license. It’s an important check as it can help protect an owner from having to double-pay, and also reduces the risk of a subcontractor or supplier not being paid by the general contractor.  The website also allows complaints to be lodged and has a portal for contractor license applications. What are the Different General Contractor Licenses? In Florida the law provides for two different license classifications: ‘Certified’ – a certified contractor license is valid throughout Florida ‘Registered’...