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Utah sting busts 22 for lacking contractor licenses
Construction » State effort targeted those who advertise services online.


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Contractors busted

Contractor, city, action taken

» MC Kustomz, St. George $500 fine.

» Steve Oden, Painting St. George $500

» Emery Horticultural Service, St. George, $500

» JK Interior Painting, St. George $500

» Cam Development, St. George $500

» Ideal Placements, La Verkin $500

» Noble Painting, Minersville $500

» Red Rock Property Services, Santa Clara $500

» A.P. Remodels & Handyman Service, St. George $500

» Evans Tile & Stone, Washington $500

» Aaron Window Cleaning, St. George $500

» EZ Duz It, St. George $500

» Wasatch Contemporary Cabinets, Salt Lake City $500

» Juan A. Diaz, Salt Lake City, cease- and-desist order

» Jesus Martinez, Salt Lake City, $500

» Quality Industrial Utah Remodeling/Anthony Schepcoff, Salt Lake City cease-and-desist order

» MC Brothers, Construction Kearns $250

» Big Stack Masonry/Ryan McManigal, Cottonwood Heights cease-and-desist order

» Connectionz Plumbing/Troy Ljuberg, Syracuse $500

» Jeffrey L. Davis, Sandy $500

» AKA Flooring & Design, Salt Lake City $500

» Westland Painting Ralph Stowers, Cottonwood Heights $500

The Utah Department of Commerce offers these tips for choosing a contractor

Go the extra step

» Ask to see a copy of the contractor’s license

» Check to see if the contractor has a valid license at www.dopl.utah.gov

Steps to take when seeking a bid for contracting work to protect yourself from fraud:

» Always hire a licensed contractor so you have the ability to file a complaint if something goes wrong in the business transaction.

» Get three written estimates to compare.

» Check at least three references with former customers.

» Check with materials suppliers on which contractors/companies they would recommend.

» Require a written contract to protect yourself and your property against liens.

» Don’t make a large down payment; pay as work is completed.

» Monitor the job in progress.

» Don’t make the final payment until the job is complete per the terms of your contract.

» Keep copies of all paperwork related to your job.

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