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Mediation is often the first step in resolving disputes

Many construction contracts have clauses that require disputes to be handled through alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods. One of these is mediation. No matter which side of the matter you're on, you need to fully understand what this means, so you'll be prepared if you need to use it.

Review construction contracts before signing them

A construction contract protects both parties, so it is imperative that each side looks at it to determine whether it offers the protections they need. There are several things that clients will look for when they are reviewing a construction contract prior to agreeing to work with a specific contractor.

What exactly are material defects?

When many people think of home inspectors, they think of the person who comes out to check out their home before the bank agrees to extend a loan for them to purchase the property. Some individuals have them come out and check out the work on their homes before they make a final payment to their contractor though.

Signs of a bad contractor that you need to know

Trying to hire a contractor to do a construction project is a big undertaking. You have to be on the lookout for signs that you have someone who is going to do the job as you intend. One of the most important things to remember is that you might have to spend a little more to get a contractor who is going to do a good job.

General contractor versus subcontractors for your project

When you have a construction project on your home that needs to be done, one of the first decisions you have to make is whether to hire a general contractor to oversee the project or hire subcontractors to handle each facet of the job. For many people, hiring the general contractor is the easiest option, but it might not be the most budget-friendly choice.

Know the scope of a construction project

There are many factors that go into a construction project, but a reputable contractor should be able to help you walk through the ones that might impact yours. When you hire a contractor, you should have a contract that governs the project. This should be a very specific document that outlines the specifics of the project. It should also discuss what happens if any part of the project isn't completed as specified.

3 resolution methods for construction disputes

There are three primary ways that you can resolve a construction dispute – mediation, arbitration or court. You have to determine which you want to use from the start of the project because the method is usually stipulated in the contract. Understanding a bit about each of these might be beneficial.

Substandard work from construction employees isn't acceptable

When you hire a construction company to complete a project for you, it is easy to assume that you will have people working on it that know what they are doing. This isn't always the case, and your project can suffer greatly if you don't have the experience that the project requires.

Soil quality is important for new constructions

Many people don't realize that the condition of the soil can have a big impact on the suitability of the location they are planning to build a home. When a home is built on an unsuitable foundation, stability issues that compromise the home can occur. There are several things that can compromise the quality of the soil, so it might be best to contact a soil engineer to determine if anything needs to be done prior to the start of building.

Construction projects can directly impact your business

Having a construction project on your business is a big undertaking. You have to think about the money you will spend to get it all done. You also need to consider the amount of time it will take. All of this can add up, especially if the project is one that your company needs to properly maintain operations. The last thing that you need is to find out that your project isn't going to be ready on time or that the work on your project is somehow subpar.

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