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Preventing construction from ruining neighborhood relationships

If you have a major construction project going on at your home, you probably have enough on your plate to worry about between managing your expenses and making sure the project is being completed on time and as promised. The last thing you need is for your construction project to set off battles with your neighbor.

We recently discussed this type of situation and what you could do if you were the one negatively impacted by someone else's construction in this blog post. However, if you are the one with heavy machinery, loud noises and changing structural elements to consider, there are some ways you can avoid the complications that can arise during construction projects.

Some ways you can protect neighborhood relationships during extensive construction work could include:

  • Notifying next-door neighbors of the project and how long it's expected to last
  • Encouraging them to reach out to you if there are concerns about excessive noise or possible noise violations
  • Consulting your homeowners' association prior to signing any construction contract to avoid potential violations of your HOA agreement
  • Ensuring you have the proper permits and rights for any type of project
  • Complying with all safety codes and zoning laws
  • Securing easements or other permissions that could affect neighbor access

Each of these steps could make it less likely that a dispute will erupt with your neighbors, which can give you great peace of mind in the midst of all the other chaos you may be dealing with.

One additional step you can take would be to consult an attorney should a dispute between you and your contractors, subcontractors and/or suppliers arise. Taking action to quickly and creatively solve problems with a project can eliminate lengthy delays and minimize the toll construction may be taking on your neighbors. This could not only appease those around you, but it can also save you considerable time, money and energy as a homeowner.

Source: The Washington Post, "In friendly Del Ray, a decidedly unneighborly dispute," Patricia Sullivan, Sept. 9, 2016

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