Image

McCutcheon Air Conditioning and Heating Blog

Font size: +
2 minutes reading time (357 words)

Should you hire a handyman for that job?

Handymen are not required to be licensed by the State of Florida. However, there are restrictions on the kinds of services a handyman can perform.

If a handyman does work that requires a license, criminal prosecution is possible. The type of work that requires a license includes construction, plumbing, electrical, and HVAC.

Don't confuse a Business license with a contractor's license. A Handyman is not a licensed contractor and cannot obtain permits. Most projects, even small ones, require permits and inspections. If your project isn't permitted or doesn't comply with the building code, you may have to remove or repair the work at your own expense and be subject to fines by local government.

Homeowners who hire unlicensed contractors face several potentially costly penalties.

The Department of Business and Professional Regulation can issue an order to stop construction and can levy a $5,000.00 fine for aiding and abetting unlicensed contractors.

Other dangers of Hiring Unlicensed Contractors are the fact that unlicensed contractors typically do not have the education, insurance, or qualifications needed to get a license. They may perform poor quality work or even leave the project unfinished. They also often have criminal backgrounds.

There are times when a handyman can be convenient. If you have small jobs around the house or a "honey do" list that does not require much skill, a handyman may be fine. Just make sure the handyman does not claim they can do any work that should be done by a licensed professional.

You should also be aware that any work performed by an unlicensed contractor will not be covered under your homeowner's insurance policy.

If you do hire a Handyman – make sure he has workman's compensation and liability insurance or you will be held liable if any of his employees is injured.

If the person doing work for you is unlicensed and does not pay his sub-contractors or suppliers, You may be subject to liens placed on your property.

Sometimes trying to save a few bucks just isn't worth it. It's better to protect yourself and know all of the facts.

For more information about unlicensed contractors please visit http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/reg/UnlicensedActivity.html

×
Stay Informed

When you subscribe to the blog, we will send you an e-mail when there are new updates on the site so you wouldn't miss them.

Stop mold while you are away from home this summer...
Dirty Air Conditioning Ducts
 

Comments 7

Guest - handyman home maintenance (website) on Monday, 25 November 2019 11:15

There are times when a handyman can be convenient.

There are times when a handyman can be convenient.
Guest - RJ on Sunday, 22 May 2022 05:17

Love the fact that you mentioned that if you hire a handyman to make sure he has workman's compensation and liability insurance. As a handyman service provider in NC. We try hard to educate our customers on the importance of hiring a tru professional that has a license and insurance. Well written and easy to read.

Love the fact that you mentioned that if you hire a handyman to make sure he has workman's compensation and liability insurance. As a handyman service provider in NC. We try hard to educate our customers on the importance of hiring a tru professional that has a license and insurance. Well written and easy to read.
Guest - ac maintenance sports city dubai on Saturday, 11 June 2022 10:22

Great Blog About " Should you hire a handyman for that job?"
Thank You This Is Really Usefull For Me

Great Blog About " Should you hire a handyman for that job?" Thank You This Is Really Usefull For Me
Guest - kashifbn on Saturday, 25 March 2023 18:46

We are providing the best plumbing work in Dubai. Our plumbers will give you the most professional, reliable, and honest service that you deserve.Plumber in Discovery Gardens Dubai 24-hour ac services in Dubai Plumber in Al Furjan Dubai We provide 24/7 services and guarantee to be fast and efficient at all times.

We are providing the best plumbing work in Dubai. Our plumbers will give you the most professional, reliable, and honest service that you deserve.Plumber in Discovery Gardens Dubai 24-hour ac services in Dubai Plumber in Al Furjan Dubai We provide 24/7 services and guarantee to be fast and efficient at all times.
Guest - kashifbv on Saturday, 25 March 2023 18:49

We are providing the best plumbing work in Dubai. Our plumbers will give you the most professional, reliable, and honest service that you deserve.Plumber in Discovery Gardens Dubai 24-hour ac services in Dubai Plumber in Al Furjan Dubai We provide 24/7 services and guarantee to be fast and efficient at all times.

We are providing the best plumbing work in Dubai. Our plumbers will give you the most professional, reliable, and honest service that you deserve.Plumber in Discovery Gardens Dubai 24-hour ac services in Dubai Plumber in Al Furjan Dubai We provide 24/7 services and guarantee to be fast and efficient at all times.
Guest - kashifg on Sunday, 26 March 2023 19:21

We are providing the best plumbing work in Dubai. Our plumbers will give you the most professional, reliable, and honest service that you deserve.Plumber in Discovery Gardens Dubai 24-hour ac services in Dubai Plumber in Al Quoz Dubai We provide 24/7 services and guarantee to be fast and efficient at all times.

We are providing the best plumbing work in Dubai. Our plumbers will give you the most professional, reliable, and honest service that you deserve.Plumber in Discovery Gardens Dubai 24-hour ac services in Dubai Plumber in Al Quoz Dubai We provide 24/7 services and guarantee to be fast and efficient at all times.
Guest - Faraz on Sunday, 19 November 2023 23:02

I agree that Handymen in Florida don't need licenses, but their services have limits.

I agree that Handymen in Florida don't need licenses, but their services have limits.
Already Registered? Login Here
Friday, 12 April 2024
28 March 2024
AC Blog
You’ve probably heard by now, that Smart Thermostats can reduce your HVAC-related energy consumption by a lot, but energy savings are just the beginning… Before we get into all the bells and whistles, let’s begin by defining our terms… There are 3 ba...
23 January 2024
AC Blog
When it comes to replacing your old air conditioning system in the (usually) balmy Sarasota area, you can turn that old “get it while it’s hot” idiom right on its head… Here in the Suncoast, heating and air conditioning companies are less busy in the...
21 April 2023
AC Blog
In addition to its stated aim of curbing inflation, the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) which was signed into law in August of 2022, is the largest federal investment to fight climate change in U.S. history. It accomplishes this by offering tax credits...
30 November 2022
AC Blog
Bottom Line: New energy efficiency standards for air conditioners, heat pumps and furnaces are going into effect this January 1, 2023 and that means air conditioning prices are going up so, if you’re about due for a new air conditioning system, there...
01 June 2022
AC Blog
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released its forecast for the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Hurricane Season runs from June 1 through November 30 and they’re predicting another above-average hurricane season, with 14 ...
10 May 2015
AC Blog
Sean McCutcheon's Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. has just been recognized by the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) as an ACCA Quality Assured New Homes Contractor. This certification ...
01 June 2022
AC Blog
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released its forecast for the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Hurricane Season runs from June 1 through November 30 and they’re predictin...