Answer questions 1 to 10. Answers appear after the quiz. Good luck!
1. A person performing more than $5000 in home improvements in one year must be licensed with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
2. Every contract for a home improvement must be in writing.
3. Installation of shrubbery, ornamental plants, and natural landscaped beds is considered a home improvement.
4. If a home improvement contract is not signed by the homeowner, it is not enforceable even if the work has been performed.
5. A home improvement contract may contain a clause requiring the homeowner to reimburse attorney fees and costs if the contractor must sue for payment.
6. A home improvement contract must inform the homeowner that he/she may cancel the contract without penalty within three days of signing.
7. A home improvement contract must inform the homeowner that the contractor carries at least $50,000.00 in liability insurance.
8. To perform home improvements in NJ, a Pennsylvania contractor must be registered to do business in NJ and licensed as a contractor in NJ.
9. It is the responsibility of the homeowner to assure all proper permits are issued.
10. Contractors violating PA or NJ home improvement consumer protection laws may be subject to treble damages, attorney fees and expenses.
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Answers: 1. TRUE 2. FALSE. Contracts under $500 need not be in writing. 3. FALSE. But installation of patios, decks, driveways, pools, fences, doors, security systems, etc. is. 4. TRUE. But contractor may recover reasonable value of services if equitable to do so. 5. FALSE. This may void the contract at the customer’s option. 6. TRUE 7. TRUE 8. TRUE. New Jersey has its own Contractor’s Registration Act similar to PA. 9. FALSE. The responsibility lies with the contractor. 10. TRUE