In recent Sarasota news there was an arrest of 20 people, called Operation Freelancer, an investigation to protect homeowners from unlicensed contractors. An ever growing issue in our own back yard, legitimate Sarasota County businesses are being undercut by unlicensed contractors. But enough about us, what about you the homeowner? How are you affected by this?
“By using a licensed contractor you are protected financially, shielded from potential litigation and ensured of your safety because shoddy work can only be detected during the inspection process” explained Sheriff Tom Knight. It is important that you are researching the contractors you are hiring and making sure that they are licensed and insured, after all you are letting these people into your home. By using an unlicensed contractor you are leaving yourself open to fraud, financial liability or even medical liability if they get hurt on your property.
The article posted on www.bradenton.com went on to say that this operation resulted in 15 felony charges, 36 misdemeanor charges and three citations. It is also important to note that of the 20 defendants, 13 have prior criminal histories with 91 total prior felony charges and 89 prior misdemeanor charges. Two were charged with drug possession for bringing illegal substances with them to the home and two were arrested for driving with a suspended license.
As a homeowner it is your responsibility to ensure that the people you hire to work on your home are legitimate licensed contractors not only to ensure the quality of the work but also to ensure your safety. Florida law sets specific rules and guidelines for obtaining professional licensure and people that have met these requirements are held to certain standards.
As a consumer you can verify licenses with the Department of Business and Professional Regulations (DBPR) by going online to www.myfloridalicense.com or calling 850-487-1395. Tools like these help you as homeowners to be aware of whom you are letting in your home.
Here at And Cooling Services we are licensed and insured, we welcome you – in fact we encourage you – to walk through your home with us as we do our job. We want you to be comfortable knowing that we are doing the job right as well as wanting to educate you on the process so that if at any time you do not use our services you are armed with enough information to make you dangerous.
We also like to provide our customers with peace of mind, so after we visit your home and give your AC Unit a clean bill of health we’ll also give you a No Breakdown Guarantee, meaning that if for any reason something goes wrong on your unit we’ll come back and fix it free.
For more information on our No Breakdown Guarantee or other services that we provide give us a call at 941-234-4050.