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How to steer clear of contractor fraud

Choosing a contractor to perform construction or repair work is a big decision - especially for large projects with substantial budgets. Unfortunately, scams do exist in the construction industry. Although regulations strive to protect consumers from fraud, it still happens at alarming rates.

Understanding construction warranties: What owners should know

Buying a new home or condo provides peace of mind on many fronts. You can trust that there aren't unaddressed issues lingering from decades of wear and tear. You know exactly how long the roof and other critical components have been in place. You don't have to wonder whether the property was neglected or improperly maintained by a previous owner.

Construction company battles with insurance over definition of “suit”

A construction company, like any other professional business, has a responsibility to carry insurance coverage. Their insurance policy should provide protection against any claims filed against them. This is usually in the form of providing legal counsel, and paying all legal expenses and/or damages, as well as any bodily injuries.

New development project uses legal firm

Development projects in Florida are huge undertakings often covering multiple acres of land. As the public looks on, it is like watching a drawing come to life. A section of real estate seems to grow overnight into multiple buildings, restaurants, entertainment centers and businesses of all types. What the public doesn't see is that it has taken a hard-working, knowledgeable team of experts to put it all together; then the builders come along and just follow a, hopefully, well-developed blueprint.

Topics to address with potential home improvement contractors

Making improvements to your home makes you feel good about your residence while increasing the value of your property. Many homeowners in Florida want to make home improvements but are cautious about the process itself as well as the contractors available to perform the work. Often, these people fear an unreasonably lengthy construction process as well as shoddy workmanship and the possibility of legal issues.

What are my options if my homebuilder makes construction errors?

A construction contract is your best defense against builder errors in all types of construction, including single-family residential homes. Under construction law in Florida, your contract gives you and your builder a great amount of flexibility in how you both approach errors and even disputes.

Construction law: Florida fraud investigation nets 5 arrests

In times of crisis, it is easy to succumb to the temptation of a quick and affordable fix. After a hurricane or other destructive storm has damaged your property is one such time of crisis. While you may feel blessed to have survived a hurricane, you may also feel desperate about having your home repaired.

What counts as a construction defect?

When you invest a significant amount of money into a home renovation or reconstruction, you are investing in what is likely to be your most valuable financial asset. It is natural that you will have certain expectations and standards that you want to be fulfilled. When these expectations fall short, you will of course feel angry and as though you have been short-changed. This dissatisfaction with the end-result of a construction project is not uncommon. But what counts as a defect under the law and how do you know if you have grounds to make a claim?

What type of contractor damage your homeowners insurance covers

If you have a contractor come to your home to complete work and he sets fire to something, then it's likely that your homeowners policy will cover the damage. In fact, there's a strong likelihood that your policy will cover a number of different accidental occurrences similar to this. There are, however, just as many situations that your insurance policy won't cover.

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