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New home construction can result in a variety of plumbing problem

When moving into a new home, you expect everything to work as intended. While this may happen, it's possible that you will run into a few problems soon after taking up residence.

New construction homes are prone to a variety of plumbing problems, many of which can damage your home.

Do not skip the home inspection

Home buyers in California may think that a home inspection is optional when buying a house. While this is true, the experts strongly warn against skipping this step. While potential homeowners may think it is not worth spending the money, it can save lots of money and headaches later on if they discover a defect or problem after finalization of the sale.

According to Investopedia, there are very few reasons why a buyer should forgo an inspection, as it is the best way to discover major problems with the property before entering into an important contract. If there is a contingency in place, the buyer can walk away from the sale without paying any penalties if something is significantly wrong. For new property, the inspector will typically check out the foundation and structure before the build out, and then do a complete inspection after completion. For other homes, an inspection typically includes:

  • Exterior structures such as walls, garage and roof
  • Interior systems such as electrical, plumbing, and HVAC
  • Interior structures like appliances, bathroom fixtures, smoke detectors and ventilation fans

Design mistakes can be costly

Construction projects in California can entail intricate designs on a huge scale. They may encompass several acres of land and employ hundreds of people. Large jobs can take years to complete and use significant capital. Disputes can impact the total cost and whether you, as the owner, complete the undertaking. At Castro & Associates, we specialize in contract disputes involving complex residential and commercial construction.

According to the Construction Specifier, contract errors and omissions occur on virtually every project. The more complicated the undertaking, the more likely that issues arise. There are several different types of design mistakes that can affect the project timelines.

Do you need builders risk insurance?

If you are building a home in California, part of the process may involve figuring out how to stay within your budget. You may try to decide whether builders risk insurance is a necessary expense. In many cases, it depends on the circumstances and specifics of your building project. While a builders risk insurance policy may be extremely important when you are building a home from the ground up, you may not need this type of coverage for a small home renovation project, such as remodeling your kitchen.

According to the International Risk Management Institute, Inc., a builders risk insurance policy generally covers property during the course of construction. If you decide to purchase this type of policy, the terms of the coverage may vary slightly between different insurance providers. However, most policies cover damage to your property from fire or wind. It is also common to provide coverage against the theft of building materials and tools. Some policies may only cover risks that exist on your property and building site. If your project requires having building materials shipped to you from other locations, you may be able to find a policy that covers items during storage and transit.

Dealing with stress due to an insurance dispute

Legal issues involving insurance coverage can be confusing, and they can also be very stressful when a claim is denied or a business owner faces challenges due to claims that they were not covered. These disputes can not only lead to litigation, but the outcome of a dispute could have a significant impact on an individual's finances as well as a business' future. For many people in this position, life can become unbearably stressful. Worse yet, this stress can get in the way of handling a dispute properly and lead to other challenges.

It is important to manage stress appropriately if you are in this position. You may benefit from finding an outdoor activity that allows you to mentally detach, or you could benefit from gaining a clearer understanding of your legal options. If you have a better idea of what to expect during and after an insurance dispute, you may be able to reduce your anxiety levels and work toward a brighter future.

How to handle breach of contract on home renovations

When you hire a contractor to renovate your home, there are certain obligations that they must fulfill under the terms of the contract you both sign. Unfortunately, sometimes things go south in a hurry and your contractor might fall far short of the mark on your home renovations.

What's a homeowner to do? One option is to litigate the matter in the California civil court system. But there may be a far easier and cheaper way to resolve the matter.

Construction disputes involving wages

Whether you are a small contractor or run a large construction firm, there are countless reasons why a dispute may surface. However, some disputes, such as those which involve those who work for your company, can be especially difficult to deal with. Construction disputes which involve employees or sub-contractors may arise over any number of issues, but many involve wages. A worker may claim that they were not paid for overtime, that they were not compensated in accordance with their contract or that they were not paid at all. It is crucial to handle these claims appropriately, since they may lead to further action (such as litigation) if they are not resolved.

Sometimes, these disputes are centered around a simple misunderstanding. In some instances, a contractor may not have realized that they did not fully compensate certain workers. On the other hand, a worker may be confused and accidentally believe that they were not paid in full. Communication can help clear up confusion and prevent these issues from leading to further action, and ensuring that all workers have been paid may prevent additional challenges from arising. In some instances, an employee may demand that they receive more compensation (even if they are not entitled to additional pay), which may lead to legal action.

What should I look out for when hiring a contractor?

When having work performed on your Los Angeles home, you must choose a contractor wisely. Making the wrong choice can cost you money as well as time. It can also lead to an extended legal dispute if contractual obligations are not met. Fortunately, being choosey about a contractor can prevent these occurrences from happening. Reader's Digest recommends looking out for the following red flags when selecting a contractor. 

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How can I choose a good home improvement contractor?

Whether you're renovating a room or building an addition onto your home, finding a reliable home improvement contractor is crucial. Not only will it ensure you're satisfied with the finished product, it will also prevent costly construction disputes from occurring. ConsumerAffairs.com offers the following advice for people in search of reliable contractors to perform work on their Los Angeles homes. 

The first step is to ask friends and family for recommendations. From here, you can reach out to contractors to find out more about the services they offer, rates, and other crucial concerns. A good construction company will be able to provide ample information and will have a presence on social media as well as a website. Companies that are lacking these basic features might not be reputable. You can also search for a company online to access reviews, both good and bad. 

Deciding if an insurance claim is necessary

Many things can go wrong during a construction project, and our law firm has covered many of these issues on this blog. For example, a dispute may arise among workers or disagreement may involve a client. Moreover, many different insurance issues can surface and some contractors and construction company owners may have difficulty determining whether or not they should move forward with an insurance claim. It is pivotal to carefully review the details of what took place and ensure that you have taken every measure to protect your business and gain access to any benefits that you are entitled to.

For starters, a careful review of all relevant details is critical. You should closely look over the ins and outs of what took place and do everything you can to decide if filing an insurance claim is the right move. If you were covered by insurance and have suffered losses following a job-related incident, it is pivotal to gain access to any benefits that are available. Our law office knows how devastating these situations can be and we are well aware of how helpful a successful claim often is (not only from a financial standpoint but from an emotional point of view as well).

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