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I'm looking into relocating to Orlando area due to my sons mother looking to relocate with my son. I currently have my own preservation/reo/general construction business here in PA. I'm curious to see how bad Orlando area is for a FNG to the area but not fng to preservation. Any help/info would be great. Would consider employment/sub work too.
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I'm looking into relocating to Orlando area due to my sons mother looking to relocate with my son. I currently have my own preservation/reo/general construction business here in PA. I'm curious to see how bad Orlando area is for a FNG to the area but not fng to preservation. Any help/info would be great. Would consider employment/sub work too.
I would check into the Florida laws for licensing as a general contractor. I'm not sure if/what PA requires but I believe Florida is pretty difficult due to dealing with hurricanes.



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Yeah that's what type of logistics I'm trying to figure out. I know I've seen a few on here from Florida. I've have some time approx 1 year to make full decision.
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As for as general contracting goes Florida doesn't reciprocate licensing with other states.
http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr...ilb/index.html
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I read somewhere that the Boards for the Fl contractor licensing is a sob. Gypso can tell u abt regs there.
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A Great Uncle and his family relocated near Hope Sound and started up a landscaping and roofing business and have done very well. A couple of hoops to jump thru but once they were up and running it went well.
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They are a SOB! But depending what you want to do you , just doing trash outs, lawns, securing, etc. does not require a GC license, you can get a Property Maintenance occupational license. Any specialty trades are licensed separately, plumbing, A/C, electrical,etc. Even a GC has to hire a licensed contractor for specialty trades.
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Also, there are several types of GC's, Class A, Class B, basically a Class A can do anything, Class B can only do up to 2 stories
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so with gc license I can do certain things within limit. If I want roof I need a roofing contracting license. If I just want to do general p&p work no license needed but I would need a license for roof repairs. Thanks for the info guys.
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GC test was harder than the test to become a Nuclear Propulsion rating in the US Navy.

I passed the test but did not get the license. I decided I did not want to deal with the aggravation and added costs for insurance. Was only getting it for an employer anyway becasue they were paying for it.

I would recommend the Palm Construction School in Orlando. They were a great help with the exam prep. Total cost for books is about $1,000 and the classes are about the same. With testing fees the total is between $2,500 and $3,000. Then you have to pay application fees.

I would very highly recommend hiring a specialist to fill out the application and submitting it for you. Cost is between $300 and $1,000 and means the difference between having the application approved the first time and and having it approved to fifth time, if ever.

Kind of like not hiring a lawyer to represent you. You can do it yourself, but the odds are you will get it wrong the first few times.

Total cost is between $3,000 and $4,000. Then you qualify to go spend a big bag of money on insurance and start a lifetime regime of antacids and ibubrofen.

No license is needed for general P&P work, but is for roofing, plumbing, electrical, A/C, and anything that changes or effects a buildings structural components in any way.

You can change an outlet or cover, but not install a a new one and pull the wire.

You can change out the toilet or sink, but not pipe a new one from scratch.

You can install new A/C register and filters, but not change out sections of duct or install new ones.

You can repair a few shingles (typically up to 1 square), but you cannot do a reroof. I avoid roofing altogether because the definition of how much work is too much without a license varies from one code enforcement officer and another.

You can change out a door and frame, but you cannot cut in a new one.

Florida is good about about heavy fines and go to jail if you are not in compliance with licensing.

When in doubt I contact the local building department and ask for clarification.

If you do move here let me know and I will help you out with what I can.
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