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Dispute over the construction of a large hotel on public land

An interesting part of the construction industry that many people do not see is all of the work that goes into negotiating terms and conditions before a new-build pops up in North Carolina. Long before a new building ever becomes visible to passers-by, there are rigorous communications that take place between land owners, community leaders and potential developers to agree on how to use the land for the most productive and environmentally friendly purpose. 

Sometimes, as demonstrated in a recent story out of Fort Myers, Florida, construction disputes can occur when two or more parties are unable to reach an amicable agreement about how a plot of land should be used. In this situation, a plot of land was approved for the construction of a large hotel, the Luminary Hotel, and now community members are fighting its approval. They claim that in a contract that was initially created in 1936, it was stated that the land would never be developed for anything other than a public park or yacht basin. Despite the ongoing contention, construction on the monstrosity has already begun. 

How can I protect my construction business against fraud?

If you're a contractor in Raleigh, you probably strive to ensure fair dealings with both customers as well as associates. Unfortunately, many unscrupulous people exist in the world of business and if you're not careful you could find yourself embroiled in serious legal trouble should you encounter one of these people. To ensure you can protect yourself and your company, Construction Business Owner.

Know what to look for

How can I improve my construction quality?

As a contractor in North Carolina, you know that quality matters. That's why it's important to constantly check yourself and your workers to ensure you're performing the absolute best you can. Because a lack of quality can easily lead to litigation if your clients are unhappy with the final project, Residential Contractor offers the following advice.

Build strong relationships with clients

Interview your contractor before you hire

Your home is one of your most valuable assets, so you don't want to take chances when you are looking for someone to do renovations or repairs. In some cases, you may be safe choosing a contractor who has a valid North Carolina license. However, the state does not require every general contractor to have a license, so unless you are dealing with a very expensive remodel, you may have trouble finding a licensed contractor willing to take on your project.

Before hiring the first contractor who offers you a good price, you will want to gather as much information as possible to help you make an informed decision about who will be most suitable for your home improvement plans.

What are tenant red flags I should look for?

As a landlord in Raleigh, you know that finding a quality tenant can be tough. While most renters are invested in keeping the property neat, following the law, and making sure rent is paid on time, others may flout rules and regulations on a regular basis. As explained by TheBalance.com, the following are a few signs to look out for that could signal a problem tenant.

Lies or Omissions on the Application

How can I resolve disputes with my contractor?

You expect your contractor to perform work in your home to the highest possible standard. Accordingly, when errors or oversights occur, you will most likely feel incredibly frustrated, which can lead to a heated dispute. While litigation may be required for especially egregious errors, HGTV.com recommends the following tips to amicably resolves construction disputes.

Don't immediately place blame

How can I choose a qualified home contractor?

If you're having work done on your home in North Carolina, finding a reliable contractor is a huge concern. If you the company you choose performs subpar work you could be looking at lost money as well as potential legal issues down the line if you're truly unhappy with the results. To prevent problems from occurring in the first place, U.S. News & World Report offers the following tips.

Interview Different Selections

How can I find a good contractor?

If you're thinking about having work done on your home in Raleigh, you know that choosing the right contractor is crucial. Home repairs and renovations are rarely cheap, and if your contractor lacks the competence to do the work correctly, you may need to take legal action. In order to help homeowners find a suitable contractor for their improvement projects, U.S. News & World Report offers the following advice.

Plan the Project

It is not too early to begin estate planning

When you hear people describe you as full of life or having your whole life before you, it may not stir in you concerns about creating an estate plan. In fact, those comments may keep worries about the end of your life far from your mind or convince you that you can postpone planning your estate perhaps for decades. After all, there is no point in creating a will or trust if you have not even married or considered having children.

The truth is that life is fragile, and an estate plan can be a comfort to your loved ones at any stage of your life. Creating an estate plan now will provide you a foundation on which to build your plans for the future.

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