What to Know Before Signing a Home Improvement Contract

Written by Susan Chana Lask, Esq.

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a consumer protection law is New York’s General Business Law §771 ("GBL") requiring all home improvement contracts shall be in writing and contain certain terms of payment, fees for services and materials and start and completion dates, among other terms. GBL §771 is a consumer protection statute to preventrepparttar misunderstandings between contractor had consumer and to protectrepparttar 100107 consumer from overreaching ofrepparttar 100108 contractor, such as charging for work that was not agreed upon. GBL §771 limitsrepparttar 100109 contractor who disregards its written contract requirements to satisfactorily proving to a court each and every item of work he did andrepparttar 100110 reasonable value of each item by detailed invoices, timesheets and proof of hourly rates, among other proofs. So, ifrepparttar 100111 contractor who failed to put your home improvement work in writing attempts to collect $20,000.00 from you, he has to proverepparttar 100112 value of his services in detail before scaring you into paying an amount you had no idea about. New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act andrepparttar 100113 Home Improvement Act protectrepparttar 100114 consumer even more by denyingrepparttar 100115 contractor from recovering any monies if he violates any ofrepparttar 100116 consumer laws AND he will pay three timesrepparttar 100117 amount of damages (called treble damages) torepparttar 100118 consumer for his failing to obtain proper permits or licenses or any other violation of those laws.

Lastly, protect yourself by not paying 100% upfront. Most contracting companies ask for a deposit upon your signingrepparttar 100119 contract. I suggest that you put down as little as possible and arrange a payment schedule withrepparttar 100120 company where you will pay a certain amount as certain work is completed. Of course, always get a receipt, signed byrepparttar 100121 company and statingrepparttar 100122 date and amount of any monies paid torepparttar 100123 company if you pay anything in cash.

This article is certainly not all inclusive and is intended only as a brief explanation ofrepparttar 100124 legal issue presented. Not all cases are alike and it is strongly recommended that you consult an attorney if you have any questions with respect to any legal matters.

Any questions and/or comments with respect to this topic or any other topic, contact:


Law Offices of Susan Chana Lask 853 Broadway, Suite 1516 New York, NY 10003 (212) 358-5762

Susan Chana Lask, Esq. c 2004

Susan Chana lask is a New york attorney named by the media as "High-Powered", she practice sin all state, appellate and federal Courts nationwide handling civil & crimnal cases.

Removing your old wood double hung windows

Written by John Rocco

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Next,we need to removerepparttar middle stop, or parting bead. This piece is going to be thrown away, so you don't have to be careful when removing this piece. The parting bead will be on top and along both sides. It's never onrepparttar 100106 bottom. Take a screwdriver and tap it intorepparttar 100107 groove betweenrepparttar 100108 side frame and parting bead. Pry out. The bead is nailed into a recessed groove. When all ofrepparttar 100109 parting bead is out,repparttar 100110 upper sash will come out. If it's painted torepparttar 100111 outside stop, CAREFULLY pryrepparttar 100112 sash fromrepparttar 100113 outside stop with a stiff putty knife. You want to avoid damagingrepparttar 100114 outside stop. Removerepparttar 100115 upper sashrepparttar 100116 same way you didrepparttar 100117 lower sash, cuttingrepparttar 100118 cords under tension.

At this point,you should haverepparttar 100119 inside stops removed and set aside to be installed later, both sashes removed,repparttar 100120 middle stop or parting bead removed and discarded,andrepparttar 100121 outside blind stop left in place undisturbed. Check to make sure there are no obstructions inrepparttar 100122 opening such as nails,the metal tab atrepparttar 100123 bottom for holding inrepparttar 100124 old screen, etc. The final step is to take a stiff putty knife and scraperepparttar 100125 face ofrepparttar 100126 outside blind stops to get rid of any old caulking. This isrepparttar 100127 surface thatrepparttar 100128 replacement windows are going to rest against, and we are going to want this area as smooth as possible. Clean up all loose debris fromrepparttar 100129 opening, and you are now ready to install your replacement windows. That will be our topic for next weeks article.

John Rocco has been installing replacement windows since 1978 To learn more, visit http://www.how-to-install-windows.com

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