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The Minnesota Department of Commerce licenses residential builders, remodelers, roofers and manufactured home installers. In order to work in Minnesota, these professionals must be licensed. If you hire an unlicensed contractor and they go out of business or skip town, you will not have access to the Contractor's Recovery Fund, which is available to compensate consumers who have suffered losses due to a contractor's fraudulent, deceptive or dishonest practices.
Before you hire a contractor, the Department of Commerce suggests:
Avoid contractors who:
Before you sign a contract, make sure it includes:
RELATED LINKS AND FILES
What you need to Know: Hiring a Residential Contractor.pdf (Acrobat - 127K)
This website offers suggestions for how you should properly maintain and operate your home. However, you should always refer to your builder warranty, maintenance and homeowner manual documents for the specific operation and maintenance requirements for your individual home and its equipment.