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3 tips for improving contractor-client communication

Posted by Karl Silverberg | Jan 30, 2024 | 0 Comments

Poor communication can lead to the loss of thousands or millions of dollars in the construction industry. If you fail to communicate effectively with your client, you may deal with rework, safety hazards and so on. Thus, it's crucial to prioritize communication. Here are three tips to help you im...

Is that a construction defect or a miscommunication?

Posted by Karl Silverberg | Nov 14, 2023 | 0 Comments

Some construction defects are very clearly mistakes that were made by the construction crew or the result of deficiencies in the quality of the workmanship. For instance, a homeowner may claim that electrical systems were installed improperly so that they don't work, that plumbing systems are lea...

Latent vs patent construction defects

Posted by Karl Silverberg | Nov 01, 2023 | 0 Comments

When a construction company is sued for an alleged defect, one of the first steps is determining what type of defect it actually is. There are many different examples, and it's important for all parties to know exactly what is being alleged while considering potential liability. Construction defe...

Signs that your client is trying to skip a payment

Posted by Karl Silverberg | Aug 30, 2023 | 0 Comments

The construction industry can be fruitful, with new developments and renovations happening all the time. That being said, running a construction firm is by no means easy. You have to speculate to accumulate and your business relies on being paid on time for the tasks you complete. Unfortunately, ...

What should you do if a client asks for extra work?

Posted by Karl Silverberg | Jul 18, 2023 | 0 Comments

As a contractor, you understand the importance of doing things according to an agreement. It is part and parcel of providing your clients with quality services. Further,  sticking to what is agreed upon eliminates the chances of disputes. However, a client might ask you to perform a task that was...

How do construction contract disputes happen?

Posted by Karl Silverberg | May 30, 2023 | 0 Comments

A construction project is a huge and complex undertaking. From the property owner to the contractor, suppliers and subcontractors – everyone involved must work as a team to ensure the project's success.  But with so many moving parts, it is not uncommon for construction projects to run into some ...

Why would a subcontractor fail to do the job on time?

Posted by Karl Silverberg | Oct 11, 2022 | 0 Comments

As a contractor, part of your job is to partner with subcontractors. You may manage the job overall, or you may do most of the work and just bring in specialists as needed. Either way, you could end up bringing on subcontractors who do electrical work, plumbing, drywall or some other task on the ...

Signs that a customer isn’t going to pay you

Posted by Karl Silverberg | Sep 29, 2022 | 0 Comments

You have a successful construction company and business is thriving. Usually, you carry out work to a high standard and customers are happy to pay what seems to be a fair amount. Unfortunately, you are feeling nervous about your latest client. You have your suspicions that they are going to refus...

Design vs. construction defects: What you need to know

Posted by Karl Silverberg | Aug 23, 2022 | 0 Comments

Construction defects aren't uncommon. Unfortunately, they occur in more projects in and around New York than many people realize. However, when they hear about construction defects, they think they are all created equal; however, this isn't the case. The defect depends on the failure mechanism. T...

Will inflation force you to revise your estimates?

Posted by Karl Silverberg | Aug 15, 2022 | 0 Comments

When you provide a prospective client with an estimate for the work they would like done on their property, you base the figure you provide on estimated supply costs and your current staffing arrangements. If circumstances change drastically, you may have no choice but to amend your prior estimat...

Can you refuse to pay your subcontractor?

Posted by Karl Silverberg | Aug 02, 2022 | 0 Comments

You are a home improvement general contractor who takes pride in your work. You usually only work with the best subcontractors, but you decided to try someone different. You now wish you hadn't because of the poor work quality, and the homeowner is unhappy with you. What are your options in this ...

Clear communication helps avoid construction disputes

Posted by Karl Silverberg | Mar 16, 2022 | 0 Comments

As the owner of a construction company, one of the best things that you can do to try to avoid disputes is to make sure that you communicate clearly every step of the way. It is often true that legal disputes stem from some sort of misunderstanding or miscommunication earlier in the process. For ...

How to handle construction debt collection

Posted by Karl Silverberg | Mar 02, 2022 | 0 Comments

As a construction company, your bottom line can be greatly affected when you can't get paid on time. You work hard to complete jobs, but when the payments don't come through, you could be left without the profits you expected. There are some ways to prevent debts going unpaid. You have options li...

Construction arbitration doesn’t need to be binding

Posted by Karl Silverberg | Feb 28, 2022 | 0 Comments

For years, arbitration clauses have been popular inclusions in business contracts. Companies realized that requiring arbitration from their suppliers or clients would limit their chances of going to civil court.  However, mandatory binding arbitration clauses have become the subject of public scr...

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