Builder bust: 68 N.J. home improvement contractors cited for $1.3M

Builder bust: 68 N.J. home improvement contractors cited for $1.3M

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TRENTON — More than five dozen home improvement contractors have been cited for violations totaling more than $1.3 million for everything from operating without a proper registration to abandoning pre-paid jobs without completing the work, state authorities said today.

As part of the action, the state Division of Consumer Affairs is seeking more than $1 million in restitution for customers in amounts ranging from $378 to $185,000, in addition to $276,250 in civil penalties for violations such as operating with a state registration.

“When contractors fail to comply with the law, or the terms of their contracts, consumers can be left with costs in the tens of thousands of dollars and a house full of unfinished improvements,” Steve Lee, acting director of the division, said.

More than 1,400 complaints about home improvement contractors were logged in New Jersey in 2012, the most of any category tracked by state officials. State law requires that contractors be registered and carry at least $500,000 in liability insurance.

For projects costing more than $500, contractors must provide customers with detailed, written contracts specifying the agreed-upon price, the start and end dates, the scope of the work, the contractor's business name, contact information and registration number.

The following 68 contractors were cited by the state:

4 DM Construction and Demolition, Jersey City
A1 Safeguard, Pompton Plains
Able Home Improvements, Jersey City
Adams Construction, Manville
Affordable Tree, Linden
Air Force One N.J., Oak Ridge
Atlantic Contractors Group, Trenton
B & E Mechanical, Belford
Best Quality Construction, Westmont 
Bills Flooring, Sicklerville 
Brownies Tree Service, Garfield 
Catastrophe Services, Columbia, S.C. 
Jobs by Jo, Carteret 
Certified Professionals, Berlin
Dalton Carpentry, Egg Harbor City 
Colantonio Construction, Roselle Park 
Do It Right Chimney, Wayne 
Durango Travertine, Ridgefield 
Ever Built Construction, Staten Island, N.Y.
Flash Paining, Paterson 
Home Care, Oakland 
Improvement Specialty, Flemington 
Izzo & Son Property Management, Clementon 
JAMC Contracting, Cliffwood 
Jamie D. Lima Masonry, Bloomfield 
JL Mason, Long Branch 
K & E Enterprise, Nazareth, Pa. 
Kalooky Landscaping, Nutley 
Ken Do Any Construction, Forked River
LSI Enterprises, Livingston
Empire Construction, Pleasantville 
Marquett Remodeling, Schwenksville, Pa. 
Medina Floors and Construction, Palisades Park 
Miller and Sons Fencing, Blackwood 
Mountain Top Maintenance, Haledon 
Nalford Foxton, Spring Valley, N.Y.
On?Site Contractors, Garwood 
Panda Kitchen & Bath of Manalapan
Pittstown Pools, Lebanon 
RGC, Highland Park, Ill.
Scavone Construction, Chalfont, Pa. 
Steve Mitlo t/a Elite Roofing, Linden 
Taddeo Properties, Raritan 
Tri?City Kitchens, Vineland 
A & E Improvements, North Bergen 
Accomplished Chimney, North Haledon 
Agnello Construction, Mahwah 
Anthony Cittadino Restorations, Tinton Falls 
LECC, South Orange 
Bela Cruz Contracting, Bridgewater 
Bilinkas Companies, Ironia 
Bodine Contractors a/k/a Bodine Roofing and Siding, Phillipsburg
Davis Ventures Group, Tampa, Fla. 
Designer Impressions, West Berlin 
Effective Basement Solutions, Nutley 
First Clean Flood & Smoke Restoration, Tinton Falls 
Gregory J. Parkhill t/a GJP Painting, Voorhees 
JSP Home Improvement Contractors, Bayville 
Keith's Contracting, North Haledon 
Kevin Harrison t/a Fantastic Finish Remodeling, Sicklerville 
Ladybug Fiberglass Pools, Medford Lakes 
LL Schaefer Construction, Westfield 
Matthew Kessel, Galloway 
Green Tree Construction, Blauvelt, N.Y.
OP Construction Home Repairs, Atlantic City 
P.C. Handyman, Sewell 
Ronin Construction Group, Hammonton 
L & M Builders, Milford, Pa.