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  • Contracting in D.C. -- The Home Solicitation Sales Notice

    Not many residential contractors think of themselves as door-to-door salespeople. But the law in most states puts nearly all residential contractors in the home solicitation sales business.

    "So what," you say. "I'm not doing anything shady. I deliver real value and have nothing but satisfied customers."

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  • Construction Contracting in Maine

    The legislature in Augusta has earned a reputation for piling on law that affects construction contractors. This month's Maine Supreme Court decision in Cellar Dwellers, Inc. v. Dominic D'Alessio, Jr. (2010 ME 32) illustrates the point.

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  • Construction Subcontract Flow-Down

    Every construction contractor and subcontractor has heard the term flow-down. A few probably feel they were washed away by flow-down. I don’t think that’s necessary and will suggest a better way.

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  • 3-Day Right to Cancel – Contractors Beware

     

    Every contractor who does residential work knows about a home owner's three-day right to cancel. But what you may not know is how vicious this innocuous little form can be. Here's a short quiz to test your understanding. Answers are below.

     

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  • Changes in Minnesota Construction Contracts

     

    Every contractor who builds, repairs or remodels homes or apartments in Minnesota knows about One, Two, Ten.

     

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  • Maryland Custom Home Contracts

     

    If there's a load limit on construction contracts, Maryland must be getting close. The legislators in Annapolis require 21 distinct notices and disclosures in custom home building contracts. As a class, buyers of custom homes in Maryland must be among the best protected anywhere. Omitting any of these disclosures carries heavy consequences. More on that later.

     

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  • Construction Contracting in Hawaii

     

    Hawaii has a reputation for making life difficult for contractors who don't toe the line. Sometimes the results border on the ridiculous, at least from a contractor's perspective. Just ask Michael Sakatani, a Honolulu contractor doing business as 808 Development LLC.

     

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  • Sunset of the Texas RCCA

     

    The Texas Residential Construction Commission Act (TRCCA) has joined the Alamo as a memorable episode in Texas history. Like defenders of the Alamo, defenders of TRCCA went down swinging. But the result was about the same: A commendable effort that came up a little short.

     

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  • Checklist for New York Contractors

     

    Staying legal in the New York construction contracting business begins with licensing.

    New York State licenses only asbestos contractors. But that doesn't make licensing a trivial issue in New York. Cities and counties in New York are free to require a license for any type of construction activity. And many municipal governments do exactly that. For example, New York City licenses home improvement contractors. The site is:

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  • Directions to the New Jersey Supreme Court

     

    Not many home improvement contractors get their day at the supreme court. But it happened in New Jersey earlier this year. And there's a lesson here for residential contractors in many other states. I'll explain.

     

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