Construction Law Basics

No matter what time of year or type of home you have, there's probably always something that needs to be done. Some of it you can do yourself, but if ... read more
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The builder is asking for a large down payment on the project. Do I have to pay this?
If you need some work done on your home, you will likely engage the services of a builder (also known as a “contractor”). When you first speak with a possible contractor, you will describe the basic work you are looking for: perhaps a renovated bathroom, a new roof, or the digging and installation ... Read more

What is a mechanics lien?
If you are a homeowner doing a renovation or construction project, you want to try to avoid mechanics liens. A mechanics lien is a legal tool that can be employed by contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers who perform work or provide materials on your home, and claim that they were never fully paid. ... Read more

How do I find a good builder or construction contractor?
If you need to hire a builder (also known as a contractor) for home renovation or construction work, finding the right match is critical. Just like selecting other types of professionals; such as doctors, lawyers, and investment managers; there are several considerations to finding that match. Technical ... Read more

Does a builder have to honor a written estimate?
Imagine that you decide to hire a local contractor to retile your kitchen floors. You explain the type of tile you want, the floor plans, and the basic timeline. The contractor then gives you a piece of paper indicating that the cost will be $3,000. You agree, and he begins work. After completing the ... Read more

I've changed my mind about what I want. Can I make a change to my construction project?
Imagine that you hired a contractor to perform some major renovations on your kitchen. You had extensive discussions about what you wanted: a huge new island in the center of the kitchen, blue triangular tiles on the floor, the installation of new appliances, and granite countertops. The contractor presented ... Read more

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I think you're probably asking about local builing codes and zoning laws.  Local means they are all different depending on where you are.  I've never seen any such code that addresses the fi ...Read more

So long as you have properly filed a mechanic's lien, then you have to bring a lawsuit on the unpaid balance owed within 90 days.

You can hire an attorney to send him a letter to try and resolve the problems or you can sue him in court to compel him to fix the repairs.

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Philadelphia Construction Accident Lawyers: Tips for Trenching and Excavati

Nearly everyone has seen the signs to call a phone number before digging. This is because one of the biggest dangers when trenching or excavating an area is hitting underground gas, electric, or water ... Read more

Disadvantaged Business Enterprises: Potential Opportunities or Disasters

The certified “Disadvantaged Business Enterprise” (DBE) is an integral part of the construction industry in California and nationwide. Billions of dollars in construction funds are allocat ... Read more

Before You Sign That Construction Contract in Colorado

Contracts for new home construction are full of dangers for the homebuyer. Typical clauses slipped into long, detailed contracts by big home building companies include these clauses: The homebuyer wai ... Read more

A Refresher on “Prelims” — Part 3 The Challenge of “Substantial Accuracy”

In this final post about Preliminary Notices, we will address a question that often arises when completing the required information: What should a contractor or material supplier do if the price liste ... Read more

A Refresher on “Prelims” — Part 2 Where Does a Notice of Nonresponsibility Fit In?

Yes, serving a valid and timely Preliminary Notice to the correct individuals is the single most important thing a competent materials supplier or subcontractor can do to protect its investment in lab ... Read more

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