31 N.J. home improvement contractors cited for $ 397K in violations
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TRENTON — Thirty-one home improvement contractors have been cited this year for violations ranging from failing to complete work to refusing to refund deposits, a reminder residents should do their homework before hiring someone this spring, state officials said Monday.

“The arrival of spring signals the traditional start of New Jersey’s home improvement season and we are urging consumers to thoroughly review potential contractors before hiring someone to do work on their homes,” acting state Attorney General John Hoffman said.

Of those cited, 22 were not properly registered with the state as required by law. To receive a registration, contractors must disclose the location of their business and provide proof of having a minimum of $ 500,000 in liability insurance, among other requirements.

State authorities are seeking $ 266,526 in consumer restitution and $ 131,250 in civil penalties from the 31 firms cited. A full list of the firms cited can be found here.

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How to avoid home improvement scams
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1. He just happens to be in the area

He knocks on your door and says he can offer you a great deal because he’s working nearby and has leftover material. It’s a ruse.

2. The deal is good “today only”

He says you must act immediately to get his special offer. Don’t let him muscle you into making a decision without doing your homework.

3. You’re told your safety is at risk

He creates a sense of urgency by saying you may be in danger unless he makes immediate repairs. Contact authorities if you have concerns.

4. You have to pay up front

He demands you pay a substantial amount before work commences. It’sa sign that he’s out to rip you off or that he’s in financial trouble and has no credit to buy supplies.

5. He lacks professionalism

He’s hard to reach: He has no address, his vehicle is unmarked, and there’s no info on him at the Better Business Bureau, or anywhere.

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