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Change orders are a fact of life in the construction business

Perhaps you are finally doing what you always dreamed of: running your own construction business here in Texas. As a general contractor, you spend a significant amount of time working with an owner to determine exactly what he or she expects and figuring out how to make it happen.

How helpful is a construction warranty?

If you have worked in home construction for any amount of time, you probably learned quickly how important the contract is between you and the homeowner. The contract defines your role and obligations to the customer as well as the expectations and responsibilities of the person who hired you. Essentially, you promise to do excellent work before the deadline, and your customer agrees to pay you the full amount on time.

Have non-payment issues left you considering your legal options?

As a contractor, subcontractor or other construction-connected business, your company may perform various construction-related duties for numerous people at any given time. Over the years, you may have perfected your scheduling, consultations, bids and other actions that could help you get a leg up when potentially competing with other companies for a particular job. Though most of your work goes through without much issue, you could still face risks when it comes time for payment.

When can a seller cancel the sale?

Finding the perfect home is not easy. There are so many considerations, including price, square footage, number of bathrooms and location. Once you have found a house that checks every item on your wish list, you put down your deposit and sign a contract. You probably have a good feeling because the sellers are motivated.

What can you expect from a seller's disclosure?

If you've been in the market for a house for some time, you may be frustrated trying to find something you can afford that won't require a lot of repairs in a nice neighborhood. You may have visited some fragile fixer-uppers whose defects were pretty obvious, but what about the charming home with fresh paint and new carpeting?

What are my rights regarding an easement on my property?

Whenever you are buying or selling a piece of property in Texas, you would be wise to be certain that you fully understand any easements on the property. An easement can be the source of various legal disputes, and knowing your rights is the first step in protecting your interests.

Subcontractors: when do you file a mechanic’s lien?

You were hired by the general contractor for a construction project in Austin. The project itself went smoothly, but weeks have gone by and you have still not received payment. The general contractor has been vague about your check, and you are concerned that it may never come. Unfortunately, you spent a substantial amount of money on supplies for the job. You need to receive payment soon in order to pay your bills and the men who work with you. What can you do to secure payment?

What to do when a neighbor crosses your property line

Is someone else using your land? Depending where you live, It could be as minor as letting pets wander where they shouldn’t, kids playing a little too far from their own home or a fence crossing over the border. In rural or large lots, it could be something more egregious, such as hunting or even a building that crosses your property line.

Why do real estate developers need land surveyors?

We’ve all seen land surveyors – they’re the women and men out in fields, along roadsides and stationed on vacant city lots who are wearing orange vests and operating camera-like devices that sit atop yellow tripods. Depending on where you live, you may see land surveyors frequently. They are especially noticeable in to-be-developed areas.

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