Starting Construction?

Hiring contractors?

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."


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 “Best 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,,, (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 




What's New

Kia's 2014 National Hurricane Conference "Outstanding Achievement Award"

Hurricanes are like houseguests-whether we like them or not, we can expect them to visit every year.  

Join me on April 16 at the NHC in Orlando, FL where I will accept the "Outstanding Achievement Award" for my innovative work related to hiring contractors after the storm. (Press release here)

Contributor to:
Hiring a Contractor?

Don’t get burned. 
iCheck Contractors verifies Florida contractors for

· Professional licensing
· Workers’ comp insurance
· Corporate standing

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Learn more here.


Rose Anne Homola, Conference & Special Events Manager -Reed Exhibitions.
“As a leading events organizer, Reed Exhibitions must continually deliver informative and educational programs to our attendees. Kia Ricchi provides unique and interesting content in an engaging manner. Her program reviews have been exceptional.”

Allyson Peters, Executive Director  BOMA Orlando.
“Kia brings to your attention in a fun atmosphere all you need to know to make sure your contractors have been screened and are up to date of the most crucial elements.  Our members will use her education for many years”

Jan Stein, Coordinator Hillsborough County, Florida
“…Kia has excellent communication skills and patience in collaborating with the County’s project managers and staff. Her unique expertise as a license contractor is an added bonus….”

Mikel Hulon, Biological Administrator Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission
“…Following the completion of the project, it is my pleasure to say Centerline Productions, Inc performed all requested contract requirements and finished all details in an Excellent and Efficient manner….”

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