My Contractor won't give me a written estimate or contract; is that acceptable?

No, it is not acceptable. All construction work should be included in a written contract with both the contractor’s signature and the homeowner’s signature. The contract should state if a permit is needed and it is the contractor’s responsibility to obtain it. Never pay full price until all work is completed and passes required inspections. NOTE: A phone text is not a written contract! 

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1. How do I know if a Contractor is licensed?
2. There is a red STOP WORK ORDER on my home. What do I do?
3. Can I continue working on other projects while there is a STOP WORK ORDER posted?
4. The unpermitted work was ON THE PROPERTY WHEN I PURCHASED it. Am I still responsible?
5. Can I perform WORK ON MY OWN HOUSE, or do I need to hire a licensed contractor?
6. Do I need to file a NOTICE OF COMMENCEMENT if I am pulling the permit as a homeowner?
7. Are there any FEES associated with my Building Violation?
8. How much does a permit COST?
9. Can I obtain a PERMIT for my violation ONLINE?
10. How do I report UNPERMITTED work, or an UNLICENSED contractor?
11. What are the ordinances for DOCKS AND SEAWALLS?
12. I would like to MOVE a mobile home from another county to Pasco. What are the requirements?
13. Does my Contractor need a license?
14. My Contractor showed me a license from another State or County; does that allow them to work in Pasco County?
15. How do I know if they have insurance?
16. What happens if I hire an Unlicensed Contractor?
17. My Contractor won't give me a written estimate or contract; is that acceptable?
18. How can I search if the Contractor I'm about to hire is a good or bad Contractor?