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Who is responsible for the insurance covering a home renovation project up through completion?
To what extent must the homeowner as opposed to the contractor purchase insurance to cover possible damage during home repairs and improvements? ... READ MORE

Does every construction project need an architect?
Can you get by without an architect for your project--or do you want to? ... READ MORE

What happens if I work on my home myself or hire someone else, but don't have a permit?
Wouldn't it just be easier to forget about the pesky permitting process? ... READ MORE

What should be covered in a construction contract?
You think you've arrived at an agreement with your home contractor, but do the two of you really understand what you expect of the other, and what will happen in the event of changes or disagreements? ... READ MORE

The builder has just destroyed the project with poor workmanship and materials. What can I do now?
If your home contractor's substandard work or mistakes manage to decrease, rather than increase the value of your home, what remedies might you pursue? ... READ MORE

What is the difference between a home inspection, a building inspection, and a property inspection?
Buying a home or performing renovations and construction? Find out when you might need or want a “home inspection,” “building inspection,” and/or “property inspection.” ... READ MORE

What permits or inspections are needed for a construction project?
Is the type or scale of work you're having done on your home significant enough to require a municipal permit? ... READ MORE

Who can obtain a building permit?
If you're getting ready for construction or building work on your home, who should you anticipate will need to take out the permits, and is that person eligible to do so? ... READ MORE

What is a zoning permit?
Will your use of land or property require a permit from the local zoning board? ... READ MORE

How long is a building or construction permit valid for?
Keeping track of how long the local government permitting body gives you in which to complete construction work. ... 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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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

Between a Seller and a Buyer, Who Owns a Construction Defect Claim?

If a construction defect exists in a home both before and after sale to a buyer, who owns the claim? It depends on who learned about the problem, and when. Suppose Owner owns a residential property th ... Read more

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