With the economy starting to show signs of life, many homeowners are beginning to perform previously delayed construction projects. However, finances can still be a major issue, which is one reason why some homeowners elect to forego hiring a general contractor and instead act as an “owner-builder.” When a property owner chooses to act as […]

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If you’ll be hiring a contractor to do work on your property, be certain you review their liability policy carefully.

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Before you have a contractor begin any home improvements, there are some things you should know.

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A flooring contractor was found to have negligently caused a fire started by a worker’s discarded cigarette that damaged a homeowners’ property in the amount of $424,050.

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If you represent those in the construction industry, you should advise them to pay close attention to any licensing requirements of any contract or subcontract they may enter into.

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Under certain circumstances, an injured person working in your home can file a civil lawsuit against you as the homeowner, rather than being limited to workers compensation. A recent California Supreme Court decision held that this is the case and defined the standard of care to be used in a case brought by an injured employee working on a homeowner’s substantial remodeling project. (Cortez v. Abich (2011) 51 Cal. 4th 285.)

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