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01/27/2010

KEENKUT LANDSCAPING becomes licensed by the State of Connecticut (#HIC.0626063)

With improvements in technology, education, methods and materials, home building and repair has become a dynamic industry. Home improvement contractors have replaced the handymen of days gone by.  These contractors may be more specialized in their trades and are also faced with a growing number of responsibilities ranging from environmental, economic and regulatory issues.  In an industry that has such a profound impact on our lives and the economy, it is essential that these business owners are educated on what the laws are and how they can maintain a business that is in good standing with their customers.  The Department of Consumer Protection is responsible for registering all home improvement and new home contractors providing services in the state, as well as for administering the Home Improvement and New Home Guaranty Funds.  In addition to administering the law, we are striving to assure that contractors can accomplish their jobs in a professional manner, satisfy their customers’ needs, reduce the number of consumer complaints, and support the growth of a solid Connecticut economy.

Q: Who is required to register with the Department of Consumer Protection under the Connecticut Home Improvement Act?
A:   Home improvement contractors and salespersons contracting to work on residential property; anyone signing a contract with a homeowner must register.

Q:   What is a "Home Improvement Contractor"?
A:   Anyone who performs or offers to perform any home improvement, unless the home improvements total $1,000 or less in a 12 month period or any single contract is worth less than $200.00.
 
Q:   What is the definition of "Home Improvement"?
A:   Home improvement is any permanent change to residential property, including but not limited to driveways, swimming pools, porches, garages, roofs, siding, insulation, solar energy systems, flooring, patios, landscaping, painting, radon mitigation, residential underground oil tank removals, fences, doors, windows and waterproofing, unless the work contracted for is worth less than $200.00.

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