Know Your Contractor

September 30, 2008


Every year, hundreds to thousands of homeowners get ripped off by unscrupulous contractors. New York State’s attorney general has compiled a database of hoodlums and crooks who have been reported by homeowners. The state is encouraging homeowners to add to the database if you are burned by a crook.

Office of the Attorney General provides New Yorkers the tools they need to make informed decisions when it comes to hiring a home improvement contractor. You can search to see which contractors have been subject to legal action, and which contractors have had substantiated consumer complaints filed against them.

Additionally, you can access helpful tips that will assist in selecting a reputable contractor, and links to state and county agencies which offer consumer assistance and the ability to check the status of a contractor’s license. Home improvement professionals can find information on New York’s laws and procedures that govern the industry.

If you are the victim of an unscrupulous contractor, we encourage you to notify our office, just click on the “File a Complaint” link.

So once again, the web comes to the rescue. You can see the link to the site here. There are plenty of reliable and honest contractors, handymen, businesses, and moving services in New York. But it’s nice to know that we have a voice should we wind up with a rotten apple!

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