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Unfamiliar jobs by contractors increase construction defects

The recession has impacted the construction industry in several ways. Now that the economy is slowly improving, contractors are trying to get back into the swing of things. However, there are not as many construction opportunities as there were in the past so many contractors are working in new areas, increasing the risk of construction defects. 

More contractors are moving to different territories in the United States as well as taking on new projects they haven't worked on before. Moving to a different region and working on new projects is risky because the conditions may be different from what they're used to and they are more likely to make mistakes during the building process.

Contractors that go to different states may encounter different soil and weather conditions than what they are used to. In addition, they may start working with sub-contractors they are not familiar with who may not be properly trained. They also may not know all of the state's construction laws and guidelines. All of these factors make it more likely to make mistakes that lead to construction defects and damage the property. 

Construction industry groups say that contractors moving to new areas should consider working with someone who has more experience working in the area to prevent construction defects that can damage the property as well as the environment. 

Consumers may not be aware that some contractors may not be familiar with working in certain areas and how this increases the risk of construction defects. People or companies that believe their property has construction defects should look into the legal action they can against the contractor to keep their property safe and reduce the costs of repairs. 

Source: Business Insurance, "Risk Increases When Contractors Take On Unfamiliar Jobs," Feb. 6, 2014

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