Memorial Day Home Repair Reminder

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The long Memorial Day weekend often inspires some home improvement projects, but the Department of Consumer Protection wants to remind you to be sure and do your homework when hiring a contractor to do the work.

Experts say take the time to find a skilled, above-board contractor to do the job right. And they say any home improvement contractor who doesn’t have a current HIC registration with the Department of Consumer Protection, is breaking the law and probably isn’t worthy of your time, money and trust.

In 2013-2014 more than 1,200 consumers filed a written complaint with the Department about the work that was done – or not done – on their homes. Complaints include damage to homes, unfinished work, shoddy materials, or deposits not being returned.

News 8 has your back with some tips. Set a budget for the job. Speak to friends and family for names of contractors they would recommend. The Better Business Bureau and your town building official may also be good sources of free information. And verify each contractor on your list of possible choices is actively registered with the Department of Consumer Protection.

Call the Department of Consumer Protection at (860) 713-6110, by e-mail at dcp.frauds@ct.gov or visit our website at http://www.ct.gov/dcp if you have questions or concerns.

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