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Residential construction law protects consumers

Owning a home here in Massachusetts or elsewhere can be rewarding. When that home needs improvements, renovations or repairs, you entrust what may be your largest asset into the hands of a contractor. Even though he or she may seem trustworthy, you should take full advantage of the ways that consumer and construction law protect you.

Before signing a contract with a construction company, you may want to do some research to determine whether others had issues with the contractor in the past. For example, has the company abandoned a project without finishing it? Did it deviate from the specifications or plans without discussing it with the homeowner first? Did the company present a certificate of registration?

These are just some of the questions that require answers before you commit to a contractor. Any work you want done that will cost $1,000 or more will require a written agreement. Your working relationship must comply with specific guidelines. Certain provisions must be included in accordance with the Home Improvement Contractor Act. You also receive protections under the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act.

If you already signed a contract and believe the contractor somehow violated it or your rights under one or both of the acts above, then you probably need more information regarding how to proceed. You could either participate in arbitration run by the government or file a lawsuit. The question is which one will provide you with the best outcome possible. Making that determination could require certain experience and knowledge that you do not have. This makes the experience of a construction law attorney invaluable.

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