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Remodeling Your House — Beware of Unscrupulous Contractors

Question: We plan to do some significant remodeling on our home. How can we protect ourselves from unscrupulous contractors? Answer: Before contracting for any home repair or home improvement project, you should determine the scope of work to be done and set specifications for the job. Get recommendations and references from friends, family and colleagues. Some experts advise obtaining at least three written estimates from contractors who have come to your home to view and discuss the work that needs to be done. Be sure the estimates you receive are based on the same work so that you can make meaningful comparisons. The contractor you hire should meet licensing and registration requirements and you can get that information by contacting the appropriate governmental authority. Other tips are posted on the website of the Illinois Attorney General.     For more information about Illinois law, visit  If you have a legal question, send it to Illinois Law Now is a series of newspaper and internet posts prepared by the Illinois State Bar Association that address legal issues of interest to the public. For additional information about the law, visit