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...
Workers’ Compensation Requirements for Florida General Contractors

Workers’ Compensation Requirements for Florida General Contractors

Workers’ compensation insurance is required for contractors in Florida. What are the requirements for coverage? Should you apply for exemptions? What are the pros and cons of coverage versus exemptions? This is your guide to workers’ compensation insurance for general contractors in Florida. Florida Coverage Requirements All contractors working within the State of Florida must carry workers’ compensation insurance for each of their employees. This includes the owner and any corporate officers or LLC (Limited Liability Company) members. General contractors are responsible for making sure that subcontractors carry the proper insurance for their own employees. If the subcontractor is not covered, those employees are considered, by law, to be the employees of the general contractor, who is now liable for any injuries that occur. For this reason, many general contractors require the subcontractors that they work with to provide proof of current workers’ compensation coverage before any work can begin. Exemptions Certain individuals within a company, such as the owner and corporate officers, may obtain an exemption from workers’ compensation coverage. These individuals must hold at least 10 percent ownership in the company. No more than three officers are eligible for exemption at any time. The exemption requires an application form called the Notice of Election to be Exempt. Once this is approved, a Certificate of Election to be Exempt is issued. This certificate must be renewed annually to remain valid. Coverage vs. Exemption Workers’ compensation coverage is the option preferred by the State of Florida. It reduces your liability in the event of on-site injury. Even if an independent contractor, not covered under your policy, is injured, they...
Protecting Yourself as a Contractor: The Importance of Notice Commencement and Lien Laws

Protecting Yourself as a Contractor: The Importance of Notice Commencement and Lien Laws

When you are in possession of your Florida contractor’s license and ready to start working on large-scale projects, it is essential to take the time to ensure that proper procedure is followed. This not only benefits you as the contractor’s license holder, but also the workers who will complete the project alongside you. What is a Notice Commencement? A Notice Commencement is a legal document that makes a project’s commencement known, which is filed by the owner of the property, or the owner’s agent. This document should be used when making improvements or alterations to a property which total $2500 or more ($7500 for mechanical) and should be displayed prominently at the job site. It provides critical information, such as the property owner’s name and address, and the address of the project. These details are important for everyone who is working on the project, like the workers who are providing labor and materials, so that they are able to file a Notice to Owner and secure their lien rights. The Notice Commencement must be filed before the project begins, but no more than 90 days before the start of the project. Failure to begin the project within 30 days of recording voids the notice. How does it Benefit Me? As an individual with a contractor’s license in Florida, the information contained within the Notice Commencement is vital in case there are issues with payment and it becomes necessary to file a lien. What is a Lien? Whether you hold a general contractor license or something more specialized, it is essential to be aware of the possibility that you may need...

Steps for getting an HVAC license in Florida

Earning your HVAC license in Florida to become an professional takes hard work, dedication, and the right guidance. It’s easy to want to be a one-man show, but when it comes to business, it’s better to delegate your weaknesses to others so you can focus on your strengths. When it comes to understanding the requirements for Florida’s HVAC license and the resources needed to start a successful HVAC business, we are your experts. Our team of skilled professionals can guide you through how to get your Florida contractors license so you can start your own HVAC company. The first step to getting your HVAC license in Florida is to have years of experience. Most licensing requirements need three to five years of experience or apprenticeship in order to qualify for the contractors license. If you have not started on your HVAC experience, we strongly advise that you start now. There are even apprenticeship schools you can attend to be educated about the HVAC trade. Some of these schools even teach you some pointers on how to form your own business. As you are earning your HVAC experience, you should be studying for the general contractors exam. In order to havea licensed contractor, you must pass the general contractors exam. Here is what the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation says about the Florida HVAC exam: Application requirements for HVAC license:  AGE: An individual applying for the certification examination must be at least 18 years of age. FEE: Pay the required fee as provided in the application. Make check payable to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Military...