Do Your Homework Before Hiring a Home Improvement Contractor.
Your greatest investment is your home. Unfortunately when it comes to making a home improvement or repair, some people become victims of dishonest contractors who - among other things - demand advance payments for projects that are never performed, never completed or completed in a shoddy and unprofessional manner.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

NYC Department of Buildings.

The Automated City Register Information System (ACRIS) allows you to search property records and view document images for Manhattan, Queens, Bronx, and Brooklyn from 1966 to the present.