Picking A Contractor

Looking for a General Contractor in the Gulf Breeze, FL Area?

Picking a contractor to build or remodel your home can be an intimidating task.

  • How and where do I find a good contractor?
  • How do I know they're reputable and will finish the job?
  • Can they do the job I want done?
Pettinato Construction, Inc. has 22 years dealing with prudent homeowners just like you.

You've made a great start by searching the internet for a contractor in your area, or you were referred to us by a friend or relative. Both of these show you are already doing the right things to protect yourself and are on your way to choosing a good contractor for you.

We want you to be comfortable with your decision to hire Pettinato Construction, Inc. to remodel your home or build a new home for you, so for that reason we're offering some outside advice, as well as our own.


You need to gather enough information about your contractor to make you feel comfortable that they will take care of your project; delivering a quality product, on schedule, at a reasonable cost.


It is always a good idea to ask for references. The information available from a reference is first hand information from someone who has already experienced a construction project. We will gladly give you a list of references you may contact and we have Feedback available on our website. A positive referral is one of the best ways to find a good contractor.


The State of Florida can verify a contractor's licensing. You always want to hire an actively licensed contractor. John Pettinato is a Registered General Contractor in Florida (#RG0060302). The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation webpage shows that we have been actively licensed since 1990 and there have been no complaints registered.

Who needs a license to do construction in Florida from MyFlorida.com


Another way to verify that you are dealing with a legitimate contractor is to search your county's Contractors and Permit Records for contractor status and information on issued permits. If you access the Santa Rosa County, Florida website you can then enter Pettinato in their form and click "Contractor Name" at the top of their selections and you will be taken to the county records for our business.

In the Santa Rosa County records, you will see our licensing, insurance coverage (we will gladly supply certificates of insurance coverage for you, upon request) and a long history of construction permits issued in Santa Rosa County. Through these records you can compare the issue and completion dates of projects. We are very proud of our timely completion of jobs with a minimum of re-inspections of progress. Re-inspections happen even for the best of contractors, but the fewer, and the faster they are closed the better.


It is always a good idea to checkout any business you are considering doing business with through the local Better Business Bureau. Pettinato Construction, Inc. is registered with the Better Business Bureau serving Northwest Florida. By accessing the information available from the Better Business Bureau you can verify:

  • That we have received no complaints
  • Our business address and contact information
  • The age of our business
  • And other pertinent information


Lots of contractors can build from plans but not all contractors are experienced, successful designers. 60% of the custom homes Pettinato Construction, Inc. has built and 85% of the home additions we have completed were our designs.


You want to choose a contractor who has experience building in your area. Since starting our business in 1987, Pettinato Construction, Inc. has built 23 custom homes, done 30 home additions and completed 150 remodeling projects. Our homes have included slab, off-grade, piling and ICF* homes.

After Hurricane Ivan, we had 35 projects in the works at one time at a value of over $2.5 million and all job sites ran successfully. We are proud to say that our clients in Gulf Breeze were the first in the area to have their roofs repaired or replaced after the storm.


We have long established relationships with both our vendors and our sub-contractors. Our vendors greatly cater to us and we know our sub-contractors and their work very well. We require that all our sub-contractors be licensed and insured also.



If you are working with a bank, they will require certain qualifications and your contractor must be an approved vendor for them. Pettinato is an approved contractor with several local banks and is also VA approved.

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We hope our discussion has helped you to make your decision about a contractor for your new home or remodel a little easier.

If you have any questions, we are here to help you with your decision.

We know Pettinato Construction will give you the best product, for the best price. We are looking forward to talking with you and finding out how we can best fill your needs. We love what we do and think you will too!

Give us a call at 850-466-8804.

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