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California climate cycles likely to intensify

For developers and construction professional, the California climate cycle of drought followed by too much rain at once is a way of life. Builders have to accommodate for arid, dusty conditions and for the possibility of high rains, flooding and landslides, and construction defects can make the impact of such climate extremes devastating. Researchers note that this isn't something that is going to go away anytime soon. In fact, they believe that the swings in weather are only likely to get worse.

California weather and construction defects

You don't always see construction defects when you look at a home or property, and families or individuals can actually live in a home for years without realizing a defect is present. In California, one of the things that can bring a defect to the surface is weather conditions.

What should be disclosed during real estate transactions

Numerous types of disclosures are required by law in California when one person or entity sells a property to another. The goal of these disclosures is to ensure that buyers are fully aware of the condition and any issues related to a property. While one hopes any seller would be honest, that doesn't always happen. The law ensures that sellers don't try to cover up issues with a property in order to sell it or get a higher price.

What is the Cardinal Change rule?

The Cardinal Change rule is a provision that sometimes comes into play when contractors are working with government agencies on a project or development. When you work with private individuals and agencies, the contracts you create are supposed to provide protection and structure for everyone involved, but there are often numerous avenues by which you can make alterations to those agreements, especially when everyone is on board with the changes. Government contract structures are much more rigid.

California is Landslide Territory

On January 10, 2005, residents of La Conchita worst nightmares became true. Heavy rain triggered a massive landslide that swallowed 13 houses and damaged 23 other homes. By the time rescuers pulled out the last bodies, ten were confirmed dead.

3 mistakes you might make during the home-building process

A new home is exciting. A home that's not just new to you but is completely brand new can be even more exciting, but getting involved in the residential building process can be stressful. Here's a look at three mistakes that new home owners sometimes make during what can be a complicated process.

Landslide destroys Home!

Landslides, slope failures and soil movement are occurring due to the massive rains hitting California this winter.  Here is a video of a house in northern California being ripped in two from a mudslide.  Slides, subsidence, and other soil movement issues can be both traumatic and a difficult legal challenge. We have handled many cases related to all types of soil movement, from catastrophic slides to cracking foundations and slabs. 

Is El Nino coming back to southern California in 2017?

Some experts are weighing in on the social media rumors that El Nino is coming back in 2017. Posts recently circulated on Twitter and Facebook saying that weather reports are calling for El Nino activity in 2017 based on warming in certain parts of the world's oceans.

Construction workers face very real risks on a daily basis

Throughout the construction industry, there are some specific hazards that face the men and women who help to build and maintain the structures that people count on. These hazards can mean that the workers suffer from injuries in an accident. They also mean that some workers might die from their injuries. These workers might have claims for compensation available that can help them to make ends meet while they recover from their injuries or while family members learn to live without their loved one.

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