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PENSACOLA, FL – Majors Home Improvement, a leading Milton, FL-based home improvement company specializing in sunrooms and vinyl replacement windows and doors, has been ranked 147th in the top Replacement Contractors by Remodeling magazine. The 2013 winners are featured in the August 2013 issue of Remodeling, a national trade publication read by more than 80,000 professional remodeling contractors.
Each year since 1986, Remodeling magazine inducts the owners of 550 remodeling companies that have set exceptionally high standards for professionalism and integrity through exemplary business practices, craftsmanship, and impact in their community or the industry at large. Chosen remodelers run successful, often growing, companies of various sizes that have taken the lead in raising industry standards.
Selected remodelers are united with high standards and a determination to push through the recession — taking the opportunity to retool systems and processes to prepare for the recovery — ensuring that as business picks up, they are poised to meet their sales, production, and customer-service goals and continue to thrive. To view the Class of 2013 Replacement Contractors, click here
“We are honored to be recognized in this select group of remodelers,” says Michael Majors, President of Majors Home Improvement. “This award grounds us to our mission to providing unsurpassed customer satisfaction.”
About Majors Home Improvement
Since 1997, Majors Home Improvement has delivered premium products, quality workmanship and unparalleled service – all at an affordable price. Specializing in Replacement Windows, Sunrooms & Enclosures, Screen rooms and Patio Covers, Entry Doors, Vinyl Siding, Kitchen and Bath Remodels– Majors Home Improvement is the local home improvement company of choice for Northwest Florida and South Alabama.
Florida AG Bondi sues hurricane shutter company
TALLAHASSEE.– Attorney General Pam Bondi today filed a lawsuit against hurricane shutter company Rolladen, Inc. and its principal, Robert Hoffman, for deceptive and unfair trade practices. Rolladen, a Hallandale-based company, markets and sells hurricane shutters and impact windows to Florida consumers and allegedly required substantial deposits up front but never installed the shutters or windows.
“As Floridians safeguard their homes against hurricanes, they deserve the assurance of knowing that they are doing business with fair and honest companies,” Bondi said in a news release. “My office will continue to investigate deceptive business practices and protect all of Florida’s consumers.”
According to an investigation started in March by the Attorney General’s Office, Rolladen required consumers to pay 40 to 80 percent of the contract price up-front for the hurricane shutters, promising delivery and installation within six to 12 weeks of the contract date. Reportedly, the company received more than $600,000 in consumer deposits for hurricane shutters, but in many cases, never delivered or installed the product.
The lawsuit, filed in the Broward County Circuit Court, seeks an order prohibiting Rolladen from marketing and selling shutters and windows until the company can complete installations in accordance with Florida contractor requirements. The lawsuit also seeks an immediate freeze on all assets of the company to maximize refunds to consumers. Hoffman was arrested last week by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office on charges of running an organized scheme to defraud and unlicensed contracting.
Below are some helpful tips for consumers who are purchasing hurricane shutters and having them installed:
- Confirm the contractor has a current state contractor’s license. Go to www.myfloridalicense.com to verify a license.
- Ask who will be doing the actual installation and confirm the installer is also licensed.
- Ask for and check references, and investigate the contractor with the Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.org).
- Know what kind of protection you are purchasing. Some counties may have specific standards for storm shutters, so be sure to inquire in advance whether your shutters meet the applicable standards and retain copies of the specifications for insurance purposes.
- Know that “hurricane film” is not approved for residential use in Florida.
- Florida requires a building permit for installation of shutters and most windows and doors. Be sure your contractor is obtaining a permit for the installation.
- Make certain that all materials and supplies, permit fees, and installation costs are included in the price quoted in the written contract.
- Ask for a specific installation deadline and request the contractor to include the deadline in the contract.
- Beware if the contractor asks for payment in full before the work is completed.
- Contractors often require a deposit, but if you pay more than 10 percent of the contract price, the contractor must apply for a permit within 30 days and start work within 90 days of the issuance of the required permit(s). Florida Statutes Section 489.126.