Attorney General Schneider Sues Home Repair Contractors for an Alleged …
There are many reputable home improvement contractors in Maine and homeowners can protect themselves and find the right contractor for the job by taking a few easy steps.
Shop around and compare several estimates.
Check references from past customers and ask to see samples of the contractor’s work, particularly models of those jobs that are similar to the work you want done to your home.
Get a contract in writing. Maine law requires a written contract for jobs costing more than $3,000.
Take your time. If the offer is good today, it will be good tomorrow. Be skeptical of high pressure tactics.
Establish a payment schedule. Maine law states that down payments cannot exceed 1/3 of the total cost of the job.
Before making your final payment, get a second opinion. Have an independent inspector or insurance adjuster inspect the project.
Demand to see lien waivers from subcontractors and material suppliers.
If you have questions about home construction repair or if you need to file a complaint, contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at (800) 436-2131 or by email at consumer.mediation (at) maine (dot) gov
For information and consumer tips on choosing home improvement contractors, please visit http://www.maine.gov/ag/consumer/housing/home_construction.shtml
Contact Legal Services for the Elderly at 1(800)750-5353 or visit http://www.mainelse.org/library/kyr/home_repair.htm
These cases are being prosecuted by Assistant Attorneys General Linda Conti and Carolyn Silsby of Attorney General Schneider’s Consumer Protection Division.
Source: Attorney General William J. Schneider