Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate)

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Not as a rule for everything but this might be a good policy to establish. 

Dec 26, 2018 09:40 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
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If needed for a permit or an inspection contingency.

Otherwise a license has NOTHING to do with the quality of the contractor.

Dec 26, 2018 06:20 PM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I typically know those whom I work with, so I don't. 

Dec 27, 2018 04:28 AM
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Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

I request a copy of their state license and insurance. 

Dec 26, 2018 06:39 PM
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Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
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I usually recommend licensed contractors when I can. It is very easy to check them out at sites like the Arizona Registrar of Contractors, Arizona Board of Technical Registrations or Better Business Bureau. I don't expect them to provide proof of insurance or copies of their license.

But, in all honesty, I have hired non-licensed contractors for some small jobs. Sometimes it is a little risky, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

Dec 26, 2018 06:28 PM
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Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
There's no place like home.

I never get involved in actual "repairs"... I will often give recommendations of several contractors to my clients, but it's up to them to do their own due-diligence.

Dec 26, 2018 05:58 PM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I would not use someone who has not been previoiusly vetted.

Dec 27, 2018 04:44 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Yes for permittted work. I have handymen who are not licensed but can do many things not requiring a perrmit!

Dec 27, 2018 04:04 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I learned that lesson the hard way.

Dec 27, 2018 03:36 AM
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Diana Zaccaro
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

I always request license and insurance information when doing property management. Most condos here require that anyone doing work in the complex must be licensed and insured so even when we have work done on our condo, I still ask. And I have the DBPR app on my phone so when they present the license I can look it up to make sure it's still current and active. Some aren't...

But there are some unlicensed handyman types who do a great job at a good price and I would use them on small jobs but not on anything ilke electrical or plumbing, etc.

 

Dec 26, 2018 10:08 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

We have an online site that we check, Fred.

I will say that I have a handyman that does better work than any licensed GC and is 1/2 the price of a GC. That said, if the buyer has an issue with the seller using him and they don't plan to do a re-inspection, I will offer to pay for the re-inspection - he's never failed a re-inspection in the decade since I've been using him...and I've paid for 3 re-inspections over that decade! 

Dec 26, 2018 08:19 PM
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Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Yes sir

Dec 27, 2018 08:07 AM
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Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
www.SIBRealty.org 305-931-6931

Yes, the license is always MUST.

Dec 27, 2018 06:47 PM
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Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

Yes. 

In our areas nothing could be done without it. Have to have a permit to do the job. Building and permit departments are hunting for violations and fine is HUGE!

Happy New Year!

Dec 27, 2018 09:00 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I do not.

Dec 27, 2018 06:56 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

On the big jobs ($$$) yes indeedy

Dec 27, 2018 06:27 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Not with everything, but know we should.

Dec 29, 2018 07:01 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Pat of my vetting of these people

Dec 28, 2018 06:31 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I do not recommend . 

Dec 28, 2018 05:55 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

No.  Never asked to see any of that from my gardeners, plumbers, handymen, etc.  My homeowners insurance actually covers me should anything happen.  Yay for AAA!!!!

Dec 27, 2018 02:22 PM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

My wife is a lawyer, so she always does.

 

Dec 27, 2018 12:32 PM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

I look them up.

Dec 27, 2018 11:32 AM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

yes

Dec 27, 2018 09:32 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

No. I usually use people that I know.

Dec 27, 2018 08:10 AM