April 13, 2011 | Vol 6, Num 15
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The Talk...

I think "sting house" initiatives would:
Encourage greater compliance among home improvement companies.
Have minimal impact in combatting illegal contractors.
Create unnecessary burden for contractors and miss the mark in terms of impact.

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Christina Lewellen, senior editor of Window & Door

I came across an interesting story this week coming out of New Jersey. State and consumer affairs organizations there decided enough was enough when it came to home improvement contractors operating outside the realm of state laws and operating requirements.
Officials organized a “sting house” to solicit bids for various types of repair and improvement projects, calling to the carpet 18 contractors who submitted proposals for work without the proper registration documentation—which can only be issued with liability insurance, a permanent business address and other requirements.
The “sting house” was established in order to crack down on numerous consumer complaints of contractors cutting corners, officials state. In the article, however, some businesses that were cited note that their registration documentation was indeed in order, meaning they were incorrectly fined up to $5,000. Further, owners felt duped for spending time preparing a fake proposal for work.
I’d like to know what our industry thinks of this concept of a sting operation to crack down on illegally-operating home improvement contractors. Is it a way to raise the bar for all home improvement businesses—knowing they might get caught if don't follow the rules? Or is it unfair to target contractors and waste their time during economically-challenging times?
Please send me an email or post a comment. Let’s Talk about whether sting operations like this one in New Jersey would benefit the industry overall or create yet another challenge for window and door retailers?

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