Are You Ready to Wear a Badge?
A new law will soon go into effect in New Jersey requiring home improvement contractors to wear a state-issued ID badge at all times. According to an article on the Remodeling Magazine website, the law is designed to help protect homeowners from scam artists in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
The badge must be worn on the upper left torso of the contractor "whenever the contractor is performing, or engaging, or attempting to engage, in the business of making or selling home improvements," the law states. The ID shall include a color photograph of the contractor's face, the contractor's name, the contractor's registration number, and the name of the contractor's business, displayed in a manner that will be plainly visible. A contractor will need to obtain a new identification badge at least once every six years.
What do you think of such state requirements for contractors? That's our poll question of the week. And, of course, we'd like to hear what you think. Are state IDs an effective tool against fly-by-night contractors? Do they create too much red tape? Should window and door dealers have any particular concerns? Post a comment and share your thoughts.
Survey Results as of 08/26/2013 :
State-required ID badges for contractors are likely to have:
Little effect one way or the other on the window and door business
A positive impact on the window and door business
A negative impact on the window and door business
Nearly half of our respondents see state ID badges having little impact on the window and door business, while about 40 percent see some potential good. Comments we received were less enthusiastic about the New Jersey post-Sandy requirements.