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Old 02-15-2016, 07:31 AM
 
Location: ☀️ SWFL ⛱ 🌴
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Since FL adopted statewide building codes in 2002, a general handyman is limited. Many things to do with plumbing, structural or electrical require a license for each.

Regulations are stricter in FL than what we were used to, we had no idea. There are lots of 'handymen' flying under the radar and being paid in cash, which is fine if the handyman isn't reported (there is a hotline to report unlicensed activity) and the homeowners don't realize they won't be able to sell their homes without the proper permits for some home improvements. Those permits may require a licensed person doing the work when they are being compensated.

Do your homework on what you can do without a license. Legally you can't install a ceiling fan or change an outlet/switch if you are being paid for it without a license.

This site will give you more info. DBPR: Home Page and check individual county websites too, some have their own rules that are stricter than the state.

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Old 02-15-2016, 07:45 AM
 
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Do remember that often the people most in need of concierge services in senior communities are those who cannot afford to pay for it. In doing a lot of the activities, you will often find yourself in competition with those who are volunteering to do it.
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Old 02-15-2016, 07:59 AM
 
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Sounds like a great idea, and Florida would be a good place for it, but so would the mountains of North Carolina, where there is a retired demographic called "half-backs" - people from the Northeast, who moved to Florida, found they hated it (summers, bugs, politics, bugs, mold, bugs...lol) and moved back north (somewhat) to Western North Carolina. So, see if you can vacation in Florida in July or August for as long an amount of time as your job will allow, to get a good taste of the air you could wring out like a washcloth.
Amen to that...I lived in NE FL for half a century and from April to November most years it's a fetid hothouse.
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Old 02-15-2016, 09:50 AM
 
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Since FL adopted statewide building codes in 2002, a general handyman is limited. Many things to do with plumbing, structural or electrical require a license for each.

Regulations are stricter in FL than what we were used to, we had no idea. There are lots of 'handymen' flying under the radar and being paid in cash, which is fine if the handyman isn't reported (there is a hotline to report unlicensed activity) and the homeowners don't realize they won't be able to sell their homes without the proper permits for some home improvements. Those permits may require a licensed person doing the work when they are being compensated.

Do your homework on what you can do without a license. Legally you can't install a ceiling fan or change an outlet/switch if you are being paid for it without a license.

This site will give you more info. DBPR: Home Page and check individual county websites too, some have their own rules that are stricter than the state.
Good stuff; not looking to be a contractor for sure, so I will indeed have to do my homework very well on the targeted areas. I think the regulations were changed from the terrible people who fleeced folks after hurricane Andrew, correct?
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