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What does “bonded and insured” really mean?

How many times have you seen or heard the phrase that a contractor/remodeler is “bonded and insured”? Probably plenty. But what does this phrase really mean? Usually, it is used to make you, the potential customer, feel at ease - that if there is a problem an insurance or bonding company (usually called a surety) [...]

By | 2017-11-07T10:29:18+00:00 September 3rd, 2013|Construction Defects|Comments Off on What does “bonded and insured” really mean?

Do You Need to Have an Inspection for New Construction?

It may seem odd to those of you that are buying a new home to consider hiring a third party to inspect it, since the home is “new”. While generally when a home is built in a municipality, the city or other governmental body will perform inspections related to the permitting process, many municipal building [...]

By | 2017-11-07T10:29:19+00:00 July 13th, 2012|Construction Defects|Comments Off on Do You Need to Have an Inspection for New Construction?

Significant Construction Defects

While a home or structure can have a wide variety of construction defects, usually significant defects arise from three areas – foundation movement, water penetration and safety issues. Foundation defects can arise for a multitude of reasons, including:• Poor design• Poor site preparation• Bad concrete• Improper placement of steel or improper tensioning of post-tensioning cablesWater [...]

By | 2017-11-07T10:29:19+00:00 June 19th, 2012|Construction Defects|Comments Off on Significant Construction Defects

How to Uncover Hidden Jewels when Buying Real Estate

In this blog I focus on available sources of information regarding a property that a typical real estate buyer does not ask for or receive. Normally, a residential real estate buyer receives only a seller’s disclosure notice filled out by the current seller of the home and then hires a general home inspector to conduct [...]

By | 2017-11-07T10:29:19+00:00 April 10th, 2012|Construction Defects|Comments Off on How to Uncover Hidden Jewels when Buying Real Estate

The Waiting is the Hardest Part

Take this common situation – your home has cracks in the walls, doors that stick, open on their own, windows that are racked and that cannot be opened, etc. Logically, you contact the builder and submit a warranty claim regarding these issues. The builder tells you that the cracks, sticking doors, etc. are “normal”, or [...]

By | 2017-11-07T10:29:19+00:00 February 28th, 2012|Construction Defects|Comments Off on The Waiting is the Hardest Part

Construction Defects Affects Entire Communities

Many of you may have purchased a home from a “volume” or “production” builder (i.e. a builder who built hundreds of homes in your community). If you think about it, the quality of construction provided by a volume or production builder is important to not only you, but your community as well. When construction defects [...]

By | 2012-02-16T03:02:00+00:00 February 16th, 2012|Construction Defects|Comments Off on Construction Defects Affects Entire Communities