Monday, January 15, 2007

Home Improvement

From my weekly (AM) radio segment titled "Legal Minute".

Summer is the time to start those home improvement projects. As we purchase new windows, contract for a new roof or buy anything else for our home, we must remember to ask about the warranties up front. If we don’t check our warranties then we’ll find ourselves in a mess should we discover that our home improvement items have defects. Anytime we buy a new product for personal, family or household use we are protected under State and Federal warranty laws. The benefit to us of this protection is that every product we purchase must carry some type of warranty. If there is no warranty then that’s a bad sign and should be a red flag. When we have a warranty we can make a claim with the manufacturer for a repair, replacement or perhaps a refund if we discover that the product is defective. Product warranties are free to us as consumers and extend for a reasonable period of time- usually thirty or ninety days. Under the law, product warranties are supposed to be hassle-free. We don’t need to fill out a registration card to receive our warranty. If we’re asked to do this then it’s illegal. Good luck on the home improvement!