Catching Crooked Contractors

Written by Wally Conway

Few times inrepparttar life of a homeowner can be more challenging than when significant repairs are needed. The number of issues, options and decisions seems endless,repparttar 100024 most daunting of which is contractor selection.

When choosing a contractor for a repair or renovationrepparttar 100025 most fundamental of screening techniques isrepparttar 100026 assurance thatrepparttar 100027 contractor is properly licensed. The tales of tragedy brought about byrepparttar 100028 illegal actions of unlicensed contactors are enough to scare us into never making repairs! Thankfully, it is free and easy to eliminate these thieves from our lives if we do some simple research.

The State of Florida requires that all contractors be properly licensed underrepparttar 100029 auspices of The Construction Industry Licensing Board. Each licensed contractor or company qualified to conduct business inrepparttar 100030 state has a license number. The license number makes it easy to know what a particular contractor or company is licensed to do, but only if we knowrepparttar 100031 code!

Fortunatelyrepparttar 100032 code is easy to break. Nearly every license issued byrepparttar 100033 State of Florida is a combination of three letters and six numbers. The letters identifyrepparttar 100034 type of workrepparttar 100035 contractor is licensed to perform andrepparttar 100036 numbers specifyrepparttar 100037 individual contractor or company. Atrepparttar 100038 top ofrepparttar 100039 list are:

CGC Certified General Contractor (Builders of big buildings)

CBC Certified Building Contractor (Builders of small offices and stores)

CRC Certified Residential Contractor (Builders of homes)

It's starting to get simple! The licenses begin and end inrepparttar 100040 letter "C". A builder can build any building in or belowrepparttar 100041 license level, so a General Contractor could build a home, but a Residential Contractor could not build a bank!

Never Hire Anyone Dumber Than You Are!

Written by Wally Conway

In a previous life I was a Navy Pilot. Great life, great people to be around. People who were all doing great things aroundrepparttar world flying off great big aircraft carriers. In an environment that complex and dangerous, you need to have teams of people working as one, or bad things begin to happen in large quantities.

The people onboard aircraft carriers are divided into two groups, those that makerepparttar 100023 ship float and those that makerepparttar 100024 planes fly. Those that makerepparttar 100025 ship float are known as "ship's company", and those that makerepparttar 100026 planes fly are with "the airwing". During one tour of duty, I was assigned torepparttar 100027 "airwing staff". The airwing staff coordinatedrepparttar 100028 activities ofrepparttar 100029 ten aircraft squadrons deployed aboardrepparttar 100030 aircraft carrier. It was while working for our Airwing Commander, Captain Jerry Norris, that I would unknowingly learn what has to become my most valued rule as an entrepreneur.

Captain Norris was quiterepparttar 100031 character. A fighter pilot with allrepparttar 100032 fixings! Tall, handsome, and with enough confident charisma to handle any situation, be that inrepparttar 100033 air, on land, or at sea. Butrepparttar 100034 truth of it is, none ofrepparttar 100035 eight officers onrepparttar 100036 staff considered Captain Norris to berepparttar 100037 sharpest knife inrepparttar 100038 drawer.

It wasn't that things were not going well for he orrepparttar 100039 airwing. It just seemed strange that so simple and relaxed an individual could lead so effectively. You must understand that Captain Norris was in charge ofrepparttar 100040 operations of nearly 3000 men and almost 100 ofrepparttar 100041 most complex flying machines onrepparttar 100042 planet. But fly we did, and did it well. Our airwing was often singled out for acts of excellence.

It was during a short visit in Cannes, France that Captain Norris was to give me my lesson. Like so many of life's lessons,repparttar 100043 lesson was unintended.

If there is one thing that flying fellows enjoy more than flying, it isrepparttar 100044 telling of tales while ashore! And it seems nothing getsrepparttar 100045 mind flowing likerepparttar 100046 flow of beer. Our cup runneth over, as did our mouths!

The topic ofrepparttar 100047 evening turned to how smart each of us was compared to our fearless leader. We were even so bold as to believe that he was fearless because he simply did not understand what was going on around him. In fact, it was we who did not understand what was going on around us!

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