Are You Getting Cheated on Home Repairs? Six Tips to Avoid Fraud.

By Angela M. Ward, Attorney Hiring a professional to handle remodeling projects and general maintenance repairs can cost thousands of dollars. While most contractors and tradespeople are honest and law-abiding, this industry also attracts a regular stream of scammers. Home improvement fraud is so prevalent that laws have been put in place with specific language protecting the homeowner against unscrupulous workers. The Home Improvement Consumer Protection…

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Illegal Contractor Practices in Pennsylvania

By Angela M. Ward, Attorney Home improvement fraud is a serious offense in Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth has well-established legal requirements for home improvement contracts and payments. The PA Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act or HICPA provides a range of protections and allows a homeowner to seek recovery of all costs, applicable interests, and even attorney’s fees. In some cases, the plaintiff can receive up…

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Do You Suspect Contractor Fraud? You May be Able to Fight Back

By Angela M. Ward, Attorney Thanks to remote work and virtual school, Lancaster County residents spent more time than ever in their homes over the last few years. As a result, many have decided to make changes and improvements in their living spaces. While some people will want to flex their DIY muscles, others will rely on contractors to complete the work. Hiring a…

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PA Law Protects Homeowners from Contractor Scams

By Angela M. Ward, Attorney Owning a home is one of life’s biggest expenses, from the initial purchase to the constant upkeep, repairs, and improvements. In 2021, Angi’s State of Home Spending research reported that U.S. home improvement spending rose 25% year-over-year to an average of $10,341 per household. Homeowners who invested in home improvement did an average of 3.7 projects, up from 2.7…

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PA Laws Offer Options to Recover Money When Contractors Try to Cheat Homeowners

By Angela M. Ward, Attorney Hiring a contractor can be an excellent way to improve your home and add value to a property. However, it is usually better to hire a professional when it comes to plumbing, electrical work, or large-scale home improvement projects that require serious know-how and planning. Unfortunately, some contractors are unreliable or dishonest. That’s why consumers are protected under the…

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Some Lancaster County Homeowners Have Been Scammed. Learn How to Protect Yourself Against Potentially Illegal Contractor Practices.

By Angela M. Ward, Attorney For Lancaster County homeowners, home improvement is an important matter. Across Pennsylvania, property owners spend more than $9 billion every year on home improvement. But before entrusting anyone to work on something as important as a home, remodelers must be wary of dishonest workers. Unfortunately, contractor scams are common, costing Pennsylvania residents untold sums of money every year, leaving…

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