Do Your Homework...Hire a Reputable Builder or Remodeler in PA

(2011-05-17)




Hiring
a Reputable Builder or Remodeler in Pennsylvania





If you are ready to build a new home or remodel an existing
one, you've come to the right place. 
Doing your research upfront is the single most important step that you
can take before entering into a contract to have work performed by a
contractor.





Home building or remodeling companies are only as good as
their reputation.  Most companies are in
business to stay and they can only do so to the extent that they have satisfied
customers.





Do
your homework and use this checklist to help you select a builder or remodeler.









Have you heard about the Home
Improvement Consumer Protection Act?



 



This law has been effect since July 1, 2009.  It requires all home improvement contractors
that work in Pennsylvania
to be registered with the State Attorney General's Office.  New home construction is exempt from this
law
.





Anyone who owns or operates a home improvement business or
who offers, performs, or agrees to perform home improvements in Pennsylvania must  register with the Office of the Attorney
General unless they are specifically exempt. 
Exemptions include: A contractor that does less than $5,000 in home
improvements in a calendar year and Home Improvement Retailers with a net worth
of greater than $50 million dollars. 
However, subcontractors and independent contractors that perform work
for these retailers must  be registered.



 



Some highlights of this law and
what you, the consumer, should look for:



 







While this law requires contractors to register with the
State Attorney General's Office, it is not an endorsement of their honesty or
integrity of work.  To see if your
contractor is registered, visit http://www.attorneygeneral.gov/
and also check to see if any complaints have been registered against your
contractor. 





Any new home construction or home remodeling project is a
complicated process.  Members of the
Blair/Bedford Builders Association have invested countless hours to perform
their work in the utmost of professionalism. 
They can guide you through your project and are ready and willing to do
so.  Once again, click on our member
directory for a list of qualified builders, remodelers, realtors, banks and
retail supply firms to help guide you through your next construction project.