To our visitors impacted by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the Blizzard of 2016, or other severe natural events:

 

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e live and work exclusively in the great State of New Jersey.  We witnessed the fury of Hurricane Sandy when it came ashore in 2012 and experienced many of the storm-related issues as you and millions more in our region.

 

Now, in January 2016, we witnessed another epic weather event that paralyzed multiple states on the East Coast.  New Jersey and other states were under a declared State of Emergency as winter storm Jonas pounded the region with high winds, storm surge flooding, and significant snowfall.

 

If you have suffered damage to your property from these events, or wish to learn about preparedness before the next event occurs, then we offer this page of advice.

 

As you prepare to contact contractors for repair estimates, it is important to follow the advice from state agencies, consumer groups, and the media.  They know from past experience that these types of disasters can bring out dishonest contractors looking to capitalize on your hardship and desperation.

 

Your best defense against a predatory contractor is knowledge.  Learn about the tell-tale signs of a contractor scam, contractor laws, and your consumer rights before you invite the first contractor into your home.

If you live in New Jersey, call the NJ Office of Consumer Protection at 973-504-6200 to check on the complaint history of a business or to file a complaint against a business.

 

Since 2009, our website has featured a page titled Know the Law where we highlight State and Federal regulations governing NJ home improvement contractors.  We also provide you with related links and phone numbers. Please visit our Know the Law page before you leave our web site.

 

More helpful links:

  • For information about hiring Home Improvement Contractors, read the consumer brief prepared by the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs:  View page
  • To visit the Official State of New Jersey Disaster Assistance Page:  View page.
  • For hurricane information from the Environmental Protection Agencey View page
  • To learn about low-interest SBA Disaster Loans:  View page
  • To register NJ residents with Special Needs to aid first responders in future emergencies and disasters:  View page

 

On October 1, 2014, the law requiring home elevation contractors to register with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, became effective.  For more information visit the NJ Department of Consumer Affairs Home Improvement Contractor page at www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/HIC

 

If you wish to donate time, money and supplies, follow the link to a comprehesive listing of agencies, religious organizations, and more:

The above information is certainly helpful after a natural disaster like Hurricane Sandy strikes and causes severe damage and hardship.

But what about preparedness before a catastrophic event affects your home and family?

EXPERTISE.COM has prepared a natural disaster guide that includes chapters on home and family preparedness tips for hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, wildfires, extreme weather, floods, droughts, heatwave, landsides, and more.  View "how to prepare your home for natural disasters" now.

 

We hope that you have found some useful information on this page that will help you prepare for a natural disaster and rebuild in the event of an occurence.

 

Tony & Chris Guerriero

The Renovation Company LLC