The state of Florida does not license or regulate handymen; however, some local jurisdictions may. A handyman is restricted by state law in the types of tasks that he may perform. Some approved tasks include general cleanup, painting, fence repair, trim work and sheet rock or wallboard work.
Handymen in Florida can't perform any type of structural work, such as laying or pouring foundations, room additions or adding or removing structural walls or supports. A handyman is also never allowed to do plumbing or any type of electrical work. All of these tasks must be performed by a Florida-licensed contractor. Homeowners can verify a contractor's licensing status at MyFloridaLicense.com if there are any questions.
A homeowner should always get at least three bids before hiring a handyman, and personally contact the references provided to ascertain the worker's performance quality. It's wise to demand a written contract that includes a contractor's license number for any regulated work, and refuse to sign a contract with blank spaces. Homeowners should never pay in cash or the full cost of a job up-front, or let the payments get ahead of the completed job stages.
It's a good idea to check for a valid Worker's Compensation insurance certificate, because failure to do so can leave the property owner liable for any work-related injuries that may occur.