As a general contractor, I am often asked, "How do I find a good contractor?" and "How do I avoid cost overruns?" These are important questions because construction is expensive when it is done right. When things go wrong, it can be financially devastating. To improve the odds of success, we provide comprehensive and concise information about the business of working with contractors. From the scope of work to contractor final payment, we work with individuals, private industry, and government to "take the con out of construction."
- Did you know that construction workers lead the private industry in fatal injuries and have the fifth highest injury rate? Insurance issued through PEOs may not cover that workers on your jobsite? State statutes may allow you the right to obtain a list of the GC's subcontractors in order to track lien releases?
Because so few people understand the fine print of construction, this business is more susceptible to fraud than other industries. With our extensive experience & knowledge of the "business" of construction, we are your competent "boots on the ground" who successfully navigate the pitfalls of construction projects.
Our team of experts address: Project feasibility * scope of work * contractor licensing * contractor insurance * bonds * proposals & contract provisions * permits & inspections * contractor payment & liens * and jobsite safety. We also keep you updated on recent developments as it pertains to good practices and contractor scams.
WHY US? We are one of a kind-providing comprehensive and innovative solutions to persistent problems associated with construction. From our in-depth, yet easy to understand information to our new "contractor license and insurance verification" software, our approach is proactive, not reactive. By working with numerous attorneys and other professionals who are knowledgeable in business, insurance, and construction law, we take the complex and make it simple so that you "avoid the con in construction."
ABOUT THE FOUNDER
Kia Ricchi is a Florida-licensed contractor. Since earning her licensure in 1998, Kia has completed numerous residential and commercial projects including several for the State of Florida.
Kia is also the author of Avoiding the Con in Construction and contributor to several national publications and news broadcasts.
AWARDS and other accomplishments:
Book awards (3): Benjamin Franklin â€œBest First Book award, Indie Excellence award, The Independent Publisher's Living Well award. Corporate Awards: 2013 Florida Governor's Hurricane Conference and the 2014 National Hurricane Conference "Outstanding Achievement Award.
Book endorsements: National Association of State Contractor Licensing Agencies, Building Officials Association of Florida, and several construction attorneys and licensed insurance agents.
Contributor to: Library Journal including its Best of list, About.com, HomeTips.com., (Mike) Holmes magazine.
Published articles: NPR,Remodeling Magazine, FineHomebuilding, Inman News, TheStreet, WPTV and more.
Speaker, consultant, and CE provider to: BOMA, IFMA, CAI, State of Florida realtors and CAMs
"If you think professionals are expensive, try hiring an amateur.-”Red Adair