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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 ...

A construction defect lawsuit can hurt your company

Posted by Karl Silverberg | May 25, 2023 | 0 Comments

From faulty drains to foundation cracks and water intrusion, construction defects can lower a structure's value and compromise residents' safety and health. Besides, it can be costly and challenging to resolve construction defect lawsuits. As a result, construction industry professionals need to ...

How are damages awarded after a contract breach?

Posted by Karl Silverberg | Apr 26, 2023 | 0 Comments

If a court decides that one party to a contract is guilty of breaching it, they will often award the other party damages for whatever losses they have suffered. There are several ways they can calculate this. They include: Going by what the contract says Some people pre-agree a figure for a breac...

How can you encourage clients to pay on time?

Posted by Karl Silverberg | Apr 13, 2023 | 0 Comments

You've been in the construction industry for many years, working your way up from the ground until you were able to form your own company and become your own boss.  Setting up your own business has many benefits, such as being able to choose your own projects, team members and business partners. ...

2 kinds of contract breaches

Posted by Karl Silverberg | Mar 07, 2023 | 0 Comments

Any good business would know that, in order to keep operations smooth, there will be ample contracts with cooperative parties. A contract is a document that can ensure each party understands their legal obligations when providing goods or services. Without a well-defined contract, businesses may ...

When can you sue your architect or engineer?

Posted by Karl Silverberg | Mar 06, 2023 | 0 Comments

As a general contractor, you take full responsibility for the outcome of your projects with your clients – but that doesn't mean you can't seek redress when someone else gave you bad information. Whether you have been working on a new construction project that has gone sour or a renovation that e...

Construction-related intellectual property concerns

Posted by Karl Silverberg | Jan 23, 2023 | 0 Comments

Whether you own a construction-related company or you develop real estate, it is vital that you protect your company's intellectual property interests. A failure to do so could not just expose your company to potential liability, it could also cost your company time, resources, customer loyalty a...

3 things to consider when a customer complains

Posted by Karl Silverberg | Dec 09, 2022 | 0 Comments

One thing that most construction companies have to deal with is trying to ensure that clients are happy with the finished project. This isn't always as easy as it might seem.  It's best to have a plan for handling customer complaints before you get the first one. Even if you've handled issues in ...

When do contractors get paid for their work?

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

When someone is buying a product, they pay for it at the time they receive it. But when that product is something like a new home that has to be built, it can take months or even years for this process to play out. It depends on the size of the project and many other factors. From a payment stand...

Construction defects vs. client choices

Posted by Karl Silverberg | Oct 26, 2022 | 0 Comments

When a client hires your construction company to do a job, they probably have a lot of opinions about the aesthetics of that future building. Perhaps it is a home or a commercial location. The client is going to have ideas about the finishings that they want and the end stages of the job that inc...

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...

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