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Builders Association ready for state-required registration

HAWLEY – The Wayne County Builders Association has launched an effort to alert all local homebuilders about a new law going into effect July 1 that will require home improvement contractors to register with the state Attorney General’s office to continue doing business in Pennsylvania.

Contractors doing more than $5,000 of home improvement work annually will receive a registration number that must be displayed on their contracts, promotional materials and business cards. Consumers then will be able to use this number to learn if complaints have been filed against a business and to report concerns they have with a home improvement project.

In unison with the Pennsylvania Builders Association, the Wayne County Builders Association is developing and distributing educational materials to its members to walk them step-by-step through the state registration process.

“The new registration law changes the way many builders are used to doing business,” said Joseph Harcum, president of the Wayne County Builders Association, “But home improvement contractors in our area don’t need to panic about these changes. We’ve studied the law, so we can make sure they’re properly prepared to keep doing business come July 1st.”

PBA and its 40 local associations and chapters worked closely with state Sen. Robert Tomlinson, R-Bucks; Rep. Keith McCall, D-Carbon; and Attorney General Tom Corbett to draft the new law, which provides consumer protection against home improvement fraud without overly burdening small business owners.

Failure to meet the requirements of the law could lead to investigation and even prosecution by the state Attorney General’s Office. The Wayne County Builders Association is offering its members a ready-to-use model contract that has all the components required by the new state registration law.

To learn more, contractors can call the Wayne County Builders Association at (570) 226-4941 or visit the association’s Web site at www.waynecountybuilders.com

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