Steps to Successful Remodeling: How to Protect Yourself from Unsavory Contractors

December 6, 2010

Do to the current economic climate, more and more people are deciding to renovate their existing home, as opposed to purchase a new one. These renovations can be big or small, but regardless of the size, any construction project should be approached with the same degree of caution. A handshake with a contractor is still a business deal, and all too often the party on the consumer end is ill prepared in the event that a conflict or problem occurs.

Unfortunately, oftentimes when business or homeowners are dissatisfied with a contractor’s work and the problem escalates to attorney involvement, the most valuable protections afforded to the consumer have been lost. As the old saying goes "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure".

Massachusetts General Law Chapter 142A provides consumers with certain remedies in the event that repairs go astray. As such, it is very important to comply with the requirements of Chapter 142A if you wish to reap its benefits. First of all, make sure that all the people you hire are registered with the state. If the contractor or subcontractor you hire is not registered, you have no protection under the provisions of the law. ...

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by: Adam J. Basch

December 6, 2010

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