MEDIA CONTACT: Mary Broz Vaughan Director of Communications, Legislation & Consumer Education (804) 367-9142 or Mary.Broz-Vaughan@dpor.virginia.gov
Richmond – The need for repairs following Hurricane Sandy's impact in Virginia can make consumers vulnerable to unscrupulous contractors and repairmen who may exploit the situation. In response to recent storm damage to property, the Virginia Board for Contractors cautions the public to be wary of unlicensed contractors and home repair scam artists after the storm. “After severe weather, homeowners trying to make repairs can be vulnerable to con artists,” warns agency spokesperson Mary Broz Vaughan. “Consumers can best protect themselves by checking for a valid contractor’s license, insisting on a detailed written contract, and never paying in full up front.” Virginia law requires a state license – not just a local business license – for most contracting work or bids over $1,000. Consumers have very little recourse against unlicensed contractors. The Board for Contractors offers consumer resources, inculding the guide What You Should Know Before Hiring a Contractor, available for download here. Before hiring a contractor, consumers should observe the following Top Ten Tips (download PDF):
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