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5 common mistakes to avoid when constructing a building

When your company constructs a new building, you hope it all goes according to plan. Unfortunately, mistakes can happen. While minor errors can be easily resolved, bigger issues can result in construction defects or property damage, which may make your construction company liable

While it is impossible to avoid every single mistake, there are some steps you can take to reduce the chances of them occurring. Here are some of the most common construction mistakes to avoid. 

How a QA/QC program can help you avoid construction defect claims

When you finish the construction of a building, you hope that is the end of your concerns. Unfortunately, construction defect allegations can arise down the road – even years after a project is complete. You may receive notice that the building owner is suing you for a construction defect.

Construction defects involve the early failure of a component or system and are usually caused by improper design, installation or material selection. So how can you prevent these issues from occurring? One of the most effective strategies to avoid construction defect claims is developing a quality assurance/quality control program. Here are some important elements of such a program. 

Important aspects of a disclosure agreement

As real estate investment continues to grow in popularity, so do the possible opportunities. However, with this real estate expansion comes the increase in possible transaction issues.

Whether you are a seasoned professional or are just getting into the investment field, the more you know about the process, the better. The disclosure agreement is an important aspect of the sale, and there are a few important aspects to be aware of that may help to protect you as you look to sell your property.

Encroachment issues, and how to resolve them

When neighbors share bordering lines of property, encroachment is possible. In fact, encroachments come in a few different forms.

Whether looking to purchase or sell real estate, an encroachment can cause issues. Thankfully, you may pursue a few possible options to resolve this problem. 

What can go wrong in a real estate transaction?

Real estate transactions are tricky. People try to scam the system all the time, such as one California woman who faces five felony counts of trying to steal around $400,000 from property buyers in Arizona. 

When the day actually comes for the buyer and seller to sit down, a lot can go wrong. Some of it is preventable, which is why it helps to know what can potentially go wrong when you sit down for a transaction of this nature. 

How to use mediation in real estate litigation

Real estate litigation can arise from a litany of issues, and you may benefit from pursuing mediation. In California, mediation is a requirement if you want to move forward with a lawsuit. Most realtors put in this requirement within the purchase agreement so that you and the other party have to sit down with an objective entity to discuss the case. 

A lot of uncertainty comes with real estate litigation, which is why most professionals suggest mediation. Mediation is useful for cases including leasing disputes, partition cases, probate matters and disputes regarding the property's title, among others. Mediation comes into play for both commercial and residential real estate disputes. Here is what you need to know before pursuing mediation.

Commercial buyers and the due diligence period

Buying a commercial property can be an important investment, so it is essential to ensure the proper completion of each step. After signing the contract, you enter the due diligence period. Knowing how to use this time effectively can help you avoid a variety of problems later on.

Although the seller may have to provide some types of disclosure, a wise buyer will not simply rely on them. Even a seller who does not intend to deceive can fail to disclose important information through mistakes or unawareness. It is typically easier to avoid a problematic situation early on than to go to court later.

Tips to resolve ownership disputes involving titles

Real estate disputes pop up every day around California. Most professionals recommend pursuing mediation to resolve the dispute, but when two parties believe they own a title, things can become complicated quickly. 

There are several ways you may see a dispute arise. It could be an error in the public record, or the property could have an undiscovered encumbrance that gives an unknown third party ownership over the building. Regardless of how the dispute came into being, it is critical for everyone involved to figure out a solution as quickly as possible. 

Tips on commercial lease contracts

One important matter that Sonoma County area business owners encounter is choosing the right space for their operations. Location may seem like it is the most important factor to consider, but it is one of many things that influence the practicality of commercial leases. Business owners who understand their leases can use their knowledge to negotiate better terms. 

It is important for you to choose your facility/building wisely. Once you sign a commercial lease, you are legally bound to abide by the terms. If an issue arises between you and the property owner, your lease can provide the framework on steps you can take to rectify it. Here are some key considerations on commercial leases

5 common types of construction defects

As a developer, you take pride in your work. You make it possible for people to live their daily lives in well-designed buildings. Unfortunately, sometimes you may face allegations of a construction defect.

Common construction complaints come about because of problems in the following areas:

  • Structural integrity
  • Electrical 
  • Mechanical
  • Windows and doors
  • Finishes
  • Moisture and thermal protection
  • Water intrusion