Supplied by the Bucks County Division of Shopper Safety:
What a Summer season now we have had to date throughout Bucks County! The current pop up storms have wreaked havoc on Decrease Bucks County displacing tons of of residents, and lots of keep in mind the acute climate occasions final season after we noticed tornadoes in some components of Bucks County. It’s clear extreme climate occasions are on the rise in recent times, so all of us should be ready. Many Bucks County residents have referred to as the workplace of Shopper Safety lately as they scramble to discover a respected injury restore firm. We’re pleased to assist as we all the time strongly advise customers to make use of warning when hiring a contractor. The next are suggestions and issues to bear in mind earlier than signing a contract:
-Don’t be a straightforward goal. Ask to see a contractor’s license and confirm it by calling (888)520-6680 or when you’ve got web entry verify it on the Lawyer Common’s web site. Hicsearch.attorneygeneral.gov Be cautious of contractors knocking in your door. We wish to see the patron provoke the enterprise transaction.
-It’s required below the House Enchancment Shopper Safety Act that contractors present a bodily road deal with and landline cellphone quantity to the patron, not only a P.O. Field or cellphone quantity.
-Written contracts for residence enhancements are necessary below the legislation and have to be signed by the patron and contractor earlier than work begins. It ought to embody the contactor’s HIC license quantity, should state the precise work to be executed, a beginning and completion date for the venture, and the full value together with a cost break down. Ensures/warranties needs to be outlined in writing as effectively; no verbal agreements. Be sure you obtain a full copy of something you signal instantly to your data as it is going to be wanted if a difficulty arises.
– You’re solely required to pay one third deposit up entrance by legislation, until there are particular order supplies.
-A contractor who affords to do a job cheaper, if paid in money, might be not paying taxes and virtually actually not paying for insurance coverage. Keep away from paying money if doable. A verify or bank card gives a paper path if a contractor takes your cash and by no means returns.
-A contractor driving an car with no firm brand on it could possibly be one other purple flag.
– Work along with your insurance coverage firm straight. In case you are not happy along with your insurance coverage firm’s service then think about hiring a good public adjuster to assist.
Keep in mind, scammers normally current themselves as a pleasant, dependable individual. The quite a few complaints that we obtain a few rip-off artist embody that they have been “so good”. Make a enterprise resolution to one of the best of your capacity; not an emotional one. As in any shopper transaction be well mannered however agency. Residents can go to the Bucks County Shopper Safety website online at www.buckscounty.gov/ConsumerProtection, then click on on our “Shopper Ideas” part to obtain the Hiring a House Enchancment Contractor brochure for extra data. You might also name 215-348-6060, and communicate to a Shopper Investigator. The Investigator can verify the Shopper Safety database to see if a enterprise has had complaints filed in opposition to them and confirm registration.
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