In about five months you will be able to check out that contractor you are going to allow loose in or on your home. The new PA Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act of 2008 will go into effect. It will apply to just about any contractor doing work inside or outside a residence. All contractors will have to register with the State and provide personal and company information to obtain a state registration number. Their contracts with consumers will have to contain certain provisions relative to insurance coverage amounts, amount of any deposit, specific address of the contractor, billing procedures etc. In addition the registration number will have to appear on all estimates, advertising, invoices and contracts.
So you can now have a better picture of that contractor and his professionalism whether he is doing roofing, landscape improvements, painting, carpentry, electrical or heating and air conditioning. Local registration is no longer good enough, make sure you ask for his State registration details as well. But remember this won't go into effect for about another five months.