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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.

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.

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.

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. 

Understanding "termination for convenience"

The contracts that you hold with various partners in Los Angeles not only guarantee you work but also stability for your company. It is easy to understand, then, why you would be upset were a contracted partner to simply walk away from your agreement. Typically, one would have to cite cause in order for ending its contractual agreement with you. Some organizations and companies, however, may say that they are allowed to terminate their contract for their convenience. Many have come to us here at Castro & Associates questioning if this is even allowed, and if so, what are they entitled to collect if a partner ends their agreement in such a way. 

Construction disputes over site conditions

We have gone over some of the causes of construction disputes (such as problems related to a contract), and as a construction company owner, you may have encountered some of them firsthand. In this blog post, we will take a look at disagreements that arise over site conditions, a potentially serious problem that can lead to significant challenges which may even derail a construction project altogether. As the owner of a construction company, you should approach these situations with extreme caution, not only to protect your financial interests but to protect the reputation of your business as well.

Construction disputes over abandonment

Construction disputes frequently arise over allegations of poor workmanship and contract issues. However, there are a number of other situations in which someone may decide to move forward with legal action against a construction company. For example, someone may accuse a contractor of abandoning a construction project. A property owner may believe that a project was not completed and that a contractor or construction company left before the job was done, prompting them to file a lawsuit. As with other types of construction disputes, it may be possible to handle these disagreements outside of court in some instances (but legal action is unavoidable in other cases).

Handling an extra work claim

If you run a construction company, there could be many different reasons why you find yourself in the middle of a tricky situation. We have covered some on this blog and this post will take a closer look at extra work claims. There are a number of reasons why you may need to charge for work that was not anticipated in the original contract, and this may lead to a dispute over charges. It is crucial for you to pursue compensation that you deserve and we know how tough this can be for contractors across the state of California.

Handling accusations of shoddy workmanship

As someone who owns a construction company, you have probably dealt with a number of work-related hassles, from disagreements among workers to misunderstanding and finger-pointing which involves clients. Unfortunately, these disagreements can reach the point where legal action becomes part of the picture. As a construction company owner, it is pivotal for you to not only protect your financial interests but your company as well. These allegations can permanently shatter a construction company's reputation and result in the cancellation of upcoming projects, among other setbacks. However, we know how difficult these disputes can be for companies in Los Angeles and other parts of California.

Preventing disputes over construction contracts

We have discussed some of the challenges associated with construction disputes on this blog and it is pivotal for you to try to protect your company from these problems. Unfortunately, construction disputes have resulted in job loss, financial hardships and have even pushed some contractors out of business altogether. Construction disputes may surface for a variety of reasons and we have covered some of the more common causes on this blog. However, contract disputes are especially prevalent and it is crucial for you to do what you can to prevent a contract dispute. After all, these disagreements are often much easier to prevent than to address later on.

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