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2 signs you've got roof damage or a defect

Your roof won't last forever, but you probably expect it to hold up for at least a few decades. Understanding the signs of roof problems is critical to locating a defect before serious damage occurs throughout your building. If damage does occur and you've recently had the property built or upgraded or had a contractor put in a new roof, then you might be able to seek compensation or reparation for those damages.

Do you have foundation damage?

A foundation defect can lead to catastrophic damage to your building or home if it isn't fixed. Leaks in the foundation can cause flooding in lower levels or slow seepage that causes rotting and mold. Cracks in foundations create faulty substructures that could be unsafe during certain events or lead to eventual problems with the building above. A construction defect claim for poor foundation work can help you recover potential losses or ensure a foundation is repaired at no cost to you, but how do you know whether or not your foundation has issues?

Understanding how to recover after soil-related damage

If the very ground under your building causes a problem, it might seem like you are stuck with the damage. Depending on the actual cause of the damage to your building or home, however, you might be able to recover losses from the construction company.

Understanding trigger of coverage dates

When you are dealing with a defect in construction that leaves your home or other property damaged -- or causes bodily injury to someone on your property -- then you might need to understand how and when coverage is triggered for any associated claim. This is true whether you are seeking compensation for damages under an insurance policy or a construction contract guarantee.

How can you prepare for an earthquake?

While you never really know when or if an earthquake will rock your building or home, you can take action to prepare and increase the likelihood of safety during an incident. One of the first things recommended by Atlantic Safety is that you buy or build a home that is solid. Working with a contractor to ensure your home is built to proper standards and codes is a good idea.

Have you inspected your new home?

During the real estate purchase process, you should always have a professional inspection completed to ensure there won't be any stressful or expensive surprises in your near future. This is true whether you buy a home from a current resident or whether you have someone build a brand new home for you. But you should also inspect new construction and remodels on your home yourself so you know what questions to ask your contractor or inspector.

Current El Nino possibly in its swan song

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the current El Nino, which has been a fairly strong one, is likely in its swan song. Predictions are that the El Nino, with its storms and wet weather, has a few more months before it cycles into a more neutral weather pattern.

Legal help for your homeowners' association disputes

When you move into a condo complex or other location that has a homeowners' association, you probably have to agree to certain things up front. By moving into the home, you are usually acknowledging that you have read, understand and agree with the rules governing the HOA.

Why you need to know your zoning laws

One of the most common ways government regulations can impact your construction project is through zoning laws. Zoning laws can delay your project, make it more expensive than you planned and, in some cases, make it impossible to complete your project. No matter how you are involved in a construction process -- whether you are a property owner, contractor or financial backer -- understanding zoning laws can help you reach a successful outcome for your project without shelling out unnecessary funds or fighting fruitless legal battles.

Helping commercial property owners recover damages for construction defects

Land in Southern California is among the most desirable and expensive in all of California. In addition to there being more demand than supply for developable land, there are numerous issues that can arise during the building phase of a commercial or residential property related to the stability of the soil, proper drainage and compliance with building and environmental regulations.

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