Home Improvement Reminders from the Department of Consumer Protection
News from The Ridgefield Press:

The Department of Consumer Protection has reminders for anyone planning to hire a home improvement contractor in the next few months.

“Remember that home improvement contractors in Connecticut need to be registered, and that’s a protection for you and your property,” Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein said. “This registration doesn’t guarantee that mistakes can’t happen, but it does give you some financial protection that’s not available if the contractor isn’t registered.”

Whether you are making improvements or repairs, the Department urges consumers to take time to ask friends and neighbors for referrals, call references, and verify that the person they hire is actively registered to work in Connecticut as a home improvement contractor. This includes carpenters, roofers, remodeling contractors, driveway pavers, painters and anyone who installs fences, siding, insulation, windows and masonry, for example.

Each registered contractor is given a wallet card with their Connecticut registration number and expiration date – ask your contractor to show you this card. You can also visit the Department of Consumer Protection’s website at

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Buncombe Co. Sheriff’s Office warns of home improvement scam
News from WHNS Greenville:

ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office is warning people of a new scam that is targeting the elderly.

Public information officer Natalie Bailey said people posing as energy efficiency specialists are offering free in-home assessments. 

According to Bailey, once the offer is accepted, the homeowner is contacted to confirm the appointment, but if it is canceled for any reason, they are threatened with a bill.

She said one person has already been arrested in connection with the scam.

Richard Farrant, of Taylorsville, NC, was arrested on Thursday in connection with the scam in Morgantown, Bailey said.

Morgantown Public Safety investigators discovered that Farrant had a felony warrant in Buncombe County for a similar complaint, according to Bailey.

She said he also has several warrant for his arrest in other parts of North Carolina for similar scams.

The sheriff’s office advises anyone that might have been solicited by Farrant to contact them at 828-250-6670.

They said people should be suspicious of people offering home repairs that are only available for a limited time and pressuring homeowners to sign up.

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