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Maryland Flooring Contractors

Many consumers try to save costs on their flooring by installing it themselves. But simple errors can often lead to frustration, delays, and an even more expensive fix. Shopping for the best estimate from licensed flooring contractors in the area may help consumers achieve a cost-effective flooring installation, without the hassle.

Licensing in Maryland

All contractors and subcontractors performing home improvement work must be licensed by the State of Maryland. In order to obtain a license, contractors need to pass a state regulated exam and be able to prove they have a least two years of experience in their field. Applicants also need to prove they are financially able to support their business and have a current record of $50,000 in liability insurance.

Contractors are required to renew their licenses every two years and must keep their liability insurance active at all times.

Legal Issues and Complaints

Before filing a complaint with the Attorney General's Office Consumer Protection Division, consumers are recommended to call the office to make sure it is the right department to handle the case. At that time, a consumer will be either be referred to a more appropriate agency or directed to file an official complaint.

It may take the office some time to mediate the complaint, depending on the case and the willingness of the parties involved. The Division cannot force a business into mediation, but it does offer a free arbitration program that assist businesses and consumers in reaching an agreement quickly.

If both parties do not agree to use arbitration, consumers must pursue legal action through the small claims court independently.

Consumer Protection

According to the Door-to-Door Sales Act, consumers have the right to cancel a home improvement contract within three days of signing at the home. Consumers are encouraged to ask to see a contractor's license to ensure the same number appears on all advertisements and documents before signing a contract.

Consumers can then check a contractor's license number through the Home Improvement Commission's website to verify the number shown. Making sure the contractor is licensed can protect the consumer from incurring losses if a contractor fails to do the job correctly. The Home Improvement Commission's Guaranty Fund covers consumers for up to $15,000 for poor workmanship.

Specialty Products Available in Maryland

90% of Maryland's forests are harvested to supply a variety of hard and softwood products, including lumber for homes, floors, furniture, and paper products. Many of the state's forest are between 70 and 120 years old. Older trees produce higher quality wood and have led to a dramatic increase in the value of Maryland's wood products.

As the state's fifth largest industry, the forestry products provide more than 18,000 jobs and the forest sector is the second largest employer on the Eastern Shore.


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