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Monthly Archives: January 2013

How to Determine Whether a Home is Owner Occupied Posted on Jan 28

Contractors are expected to have a basic understanding of what projects require a Home Improvement Contractor (HIC) registration.  When asked, most contractors can recite that projects exceeding $1,000 in value involving “pre-existing, owner-occupied, one-to-four-family residences” require an HIC registration.  We all know what a pre-existing   …Continue Reading How to Determine Whether a Home is Owner Occupied

A Good Sign: Demystifying the HIC Requirements for Advertising Posted on Jan 11

This past November, I staffed the Office of Consumer Affairs’ booth at the Architecture Boston Expo (ABX), where we distributed brochures on the basic rules for home improvement contractors.  The trade show was well attended by contractors and I answered many of their questions.  As   …Continue Reading A Good Sign: Demystifying the HIC Requirements for Advertising