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Avoiding Home Repair Scams

Last Updated October 13, 2010
Whether you're planning an addition for a growing family or simply getting new storm windows, finding a competent and reliable contractor is the first step to a successful and satisfying home improvement project.

Your home may be your most valuable financial asset. That's why it's important to be cautious when you hire someone to work on it. Home improvement and repair and maintenance contractors often advertise in newspapers, the Yellow Pages, and on the radio and TV. However, don't consider an ad an indication of the quality of a contractor's work. Your best bet is a reality check from those in the know: friends, neighbors, or co-workers who have had improvement work done. Get written estimates from several firms. Ask for explanations for price variations. Don't automatically choose the lowest bidder.

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Consumer Protection - U.S. Code Provisions

U.S. Code > Title 15 > Chapter 39 - Fair Packaging And Labeling Program
U.S. Code > Title 15 > Chapter 39A - Special Packaging Of Household Substances For Protection Of Children
U.S. Code > Title 15 > Chapter 47 - Consumer Product Safety
U.S. Code > Title 15 > Chapter 86 - Children's Bicycle Helmet Safety
U.S. Code > Title 42 > Chapter 70 - Manufactured Home Construction And Safety Standards
 

Consumer Protection - C.F.R. Provisions

CFR > Title 16 - Commercial Practices

 

Consumer Protection - Selected State Laws

ConnecticutConnecticut General Statutes > Title 21a - Consumer Protection
Connecticut General Statutes > Title 42 > Chapter 735b - Repair of Consumer Goods
Connecticut General Statutes > Title 42 > Chapter 735c - Refund, Exchange and Discount Policies and Practices
Connecticut General Statutes > Title 42 > Chapter 741 - Contingent Transactions
Connecticut General Statutes > Title 42 > Chapter 741c - Liquidated Damages Provisions in Consumer Contracts
Connecticut General Statutes > Title 42 > Chapter 741d - Attorney's Fee Clauses
Connecticut General Statutes > Title 42 > Chapter 742 - Consumer Contracts
Connecticut General Statutes > Title 42 > Chapter 743e - Rainchecks
Connecticut General Statutes > Title 42 > Chapter 743h - Profiteering
Connecticut General Statutes > Title 42 > Chapter 743j - Extended Warranties
Connecticut General Statutes > Title 42 > Chapter 743p - Dating Services
Connecticut General Statutes > Title 42 > Chapter 743q - Assistive Technology Devices
DelawareDelaware Code Title 6 > Chapter 25 - Prohibited Trade Practices
Delaware Code Title 6 > Chapter 50B - Assistive Technology Device Warranties And Consumer Protection
FloridaFlorida Statutes > Chapter 501 - Consumer Protection
Florida Regulations > Division 69J - Division of Consumer Services
Florida Regulations > Division 69K - Division of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services
HawaiiHawaii Revised Statutes > Chapter 487 - Consumer Protection
IdahoIdaho Code Title 48 > Chapter 6 - Consumer Protection Act
IowaIowa Code Chapter 714H - Consumer fraud -- private actions
KansasKansas Statutes > Chapter 50 - Unfair Trade And Consumer Protection
LouisianaLouisiana Revised Statutes > Title 51 > Chapter 13 - Unfair Trade Practices And Consumer Protection Law
MassachusettsMassachusetts General Laws > Part I > Title XV > Chapter 93A - Regulation Of Business Practices For Consumers Protection
MichiganMichigan Laws > Chapter 445 > Act 15 of 2011 - Shopping Reform and Modernization Act
Michigan Laws > Chapter 445 > Act 331 of 1976 - Michigan Consumer Protection Act
Michigan Laws > Chapter 445 > Act 295 of 2012 - Homeowner Protection Fund Act
MinnesotaMinnesota Statutes Chapter 325F - Consumer Protection; Products and Sales
Minnesota Statutes Chapter 325G - Consumer Protection; Solicitation of Sales
MontanaMontana Code Title 30 > Chapter 14 - Unfair Trade Practices And Consumer Protection
New HampshireNew Hampshire Revised Statutes > Chapter 358-A - Regulation Of Business Practices For Consumer Protection
New YorkNew York Laws - General Business > Article 22-A - Consumer Protection From Deceptive Acts and Practices
New YorkNew York Laws > Executive > Article 20 - State Consumer Protection Board
New York Laws > General Business > Article 22-A - Consumer Protection From Deceptive Acts And Practices
OhioOhio Code > Title 13 > Chapter 1349 - Consumer Protection
South CarolinaSouth Carolina Code > Title 37 - Consumer Protection Code
South DakotaSouth Dakota Laws > Title 37 > Chapter 23 - Consumer Affairs
South Dakota Laws > Title 37 > Chapter 24 - Deceptive Trade Practices And Consumer Protection
TennesseeTennessee Code > Title 47 > Chapter 18 - Consumer Protection
TexasTexas Business and Commerce Code > Title 12 > Chapter 605 - Consumer Rebate Response and Grace Period for Corrections
UtahUtah Code > Title 13 > Chapter 2 - Division of Consumer Protection
VermontVermont Statutes > Title 9 > Chapter 63 - Consumer Fraud
VirginiaVirginia Code Title 59.1 > Chapter 17 - Virginia Consumer Protection Act
West VirginiaWest Virginia Code > Chapter 46A - West Virginia Consumer Credit
WisconsinWisconsin Statutes > Wisconsin Consumer Act

 

Questions & Answers: Consumer Protection

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