Homeowners in North Carolina who are hoping to build their dream home often put their trust entirely in contractors to do the work. While they expect quality work and attention to detail, sometimes that is not the case. One of the areas which could cause the most significant damage to a home is a faulty foundation. Therefore, it is imperative to see the warning signs before the problem requires major repair or replacement.
While often overlooked, construction is a major part of the economy in most states in America. Hot cities like Raleigh, Durham, and Charlotte are seeing exponential growth, and with that growth comes the inevitable demand for new buildings, homes, road repairs, bridges and other needs. Yet when plans for those new structures go awry, a series of legal procedures may take place. These procedures can often prove to be challenging, especially to those unfamiliar with state-specific laws regarding construction negligence.
Everyone involved in a construction project in North Carolina must work on a tightly coordinated timetable. Delays happen, though, and as a subcontractor, you could be the one paying the price. According to Construction Executive, you do have ways to shield yourself from any potential consequences of schedule changes and delays.
Previously, we began looking at the role mechanic's liens can play in allowing contractors to secure payment for work performed on real property under a valid contract with the owner of real property. The most important issue for any contractor or subcontractor who remains unpaid for work performed on a property is the relief available to them when the lien is enforced.
Mechanic's liens are an important tool for contractors providing services to property owners. Construction projects can get messy when parties end up disagreeing on their mutual obligations, and the ability to file a mechanic's lien ensures contractors and subcontractors are able to secure payment for services when the property owner refuses to cooperate.
As your business grows, you are probably dealing with more entities each year. In addition to customers, you have new suppliers, vendors and subcontractors who depend on you to deliver your services in a timely manner. Maybe one of your goals as a business owner was to maintain a casual, approachable image, and you have managed this by keeping your word and accepting the word of others.
In our last post, we began looking at a construction dispute involving the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and a contractor charged with heading up the construction of a mental hospital in Morganton. As we noted, the state is now attempting to cancel the contract after the project has run into numerous delays and significantly increased in costs due to complications.
We have previously looked at the topic of construction delays on this blog, mentioning some of the principles of sorting out such disputes, which are quite common in construction projects. As easy as it may be to look at the general rules that govern construction contract disputes, sorting out the details can be hard in practice.
Some of our readers will be familiar with the HGTV series, “Love It Or List It,” which features homeowning couples choosing between renovating their current home or selling and purchasing a new home better suited to their needs. The series has one host, Hilary Farr, proposing and managing the renovation plan, and the other host, David Visentin, searching out and showing new homes.
In our last post, we began looking at the topic of mechanic’s liens, not only as to their importance for contractors, but also as to the general requirements for perfecting and filing a lien. There are also specific requirements for enforcing a lien on real property.