Critical Details Regarding The Construction Process

Construction is an industry that is essential for all, as shelter is one of the basic needs. The need for houses and other commercial buildings is always there and forever will be there. There are some factors that control the industry and make it thrive in every region. For you to understand the business, you need to come into terms with several factors.

First, there is the demand for services providers. The finance and sponsors are the next face of the business. The contractors and architectures put the needs into workable plans with the budget expected to be input in the projects. Procurement of the material to be used in the building takes place, and the final step is working on the projects to complete the task.

Purpose of the buildings

The need for buildings ranges from the smallest home houses to the biggest business towers. After identifying the need for the building, the people in the top management positions find the funds to invest in the projects. A team of experts is then hired and plans drawn to implement the projects. The plans include site research and testing for efficiency. The place where a building is to be placed has to be stable to hold the structure. After the survey, the contractors come up with the plans to put up the building.

Foundation

The first part of building is the foundation. It is dug into the ground to ensure the whole structure is strong and it can stay in place for long. The placing has to be very precise for the best results. At this point, the contractor tends to be very keen as any ignorance can cause major losses in the process. After all, the foundation is the main support for the entire building.

Quality materials

The materials to be used in the building process have to be the best in the market. There are a lot of places where you can get the materials from. Doing a research will ensure you get the strongest structure. If the building is too big, you will need a steady supply of the material. This will enable you to get enough material to finish the process. Every stage requires special materials, and an efficient procurement group will ensure that the sources are steady.

Legality of service providers

Compliance with the authorities in the process will make the work swifter. There are rules to control every institution that offers building services. It is good to ensure that the building meets all the set standards to be on the safe side of the law. Investing in a good research team will ensure the entire jurisdiction is met and there are no problems in the investment. The profit from real estate is good and beats a lot of business. It is therefore; wise to take the necessary measures from the beginning.

Conclusion

Every Construction project needs a huge investment. The process of building takes quite some time and it is good to ensure you work in the boundaries provided.

The Best Electric Blinds For Sale

Of course, we all want to feel relaxed and comfortable inside our own home, and during the summer, many parts of the house can actually be too light because of the amount of sunlight coming in through the windows.

One solution is electric blinds, which also provide privacy, in addition to blocking out the sunlight when needed. Most of the blinds for sale can easily be adjusted and are ideal for the elderly, anyone who is sick, or anyone who finds it difficult to get up and down constantly.

One of the appeals of electric roller blinds is that they are very easy to operate, and simply touching them lightly will cause them to move up or down. They also block out virtually all the external light, unlike curtains which always allow a little light to enter the room, and cannot entirely block out all the light. Curtains are more likely to get stained or dirty, and have to be taken down to be cleaned thoroughly.

Some electric blinds have different controls, so it is important to make sure that you understand all these controls before attempting to use them. If a professional company is installing them for you, they can instruct you on how to use the blinds.

Electrical blinds also look good, and have a modern and stylish look to them. Many curtains can fade, or become worn over time and lose their looks, and can often tear or get caught in other pieces of furniture. Most electric blinds for windows are also well made and will last for many years, if looked after properly. Once installed, you will generally only need to dust and wipe them occasionally, to keep them looking as good as new.

You can find electrical blinds for sale in several places, a good strategy is to start looking in your local furniture and home improvement stores. This will allow you to comparison shop, and get an idea of not only prices, but the different styles and designs as well.

If the store prices seem too high, you might want to check online where you can often find a better deal. Quality is important when it comes to buying these blinds, and you should always ensure you are buying from a reputable dealer or store. It is worth taking the time to do some research and buy the best quality that you can afford, especially when shopping for products for the home.

Roof leaking? Time for a roofing contractor

Meteorologists are talking about the impending arrival of El Nino – a monster El Nino. We primarily think ‘rain’ when we hear the term El Nino. Homeowners are mostly concerned with the status of their roof. Will it leak when the deluge hits?

A roofing contractor can give you piece of mind

 Roof leakingRoofing contractors are among the many specialty contractors. They are experts in anything related to roofs and roofing including gutters, downspouts and proper drainage.

While a homeowner may be able to clean the gutters and spouts of his home, he will in all likelihood not be able to work on the roof. You need to stand on many roofs before you know which will leak. Professional roofing companies have done exactly that, stood on many roofs. It can be hard, physically demanding work.

In addition, a budding roofer needs to pass a test in order to become a licensed roofing contractor. As homeowner that should give you some piece of mind. At least you know that the roofer had to demonstrate his knowledge of the specialty construction he is working. It is equally important that a licensed contractor needs to carry contractor’s insurance, just in case his work does not live up to generally accepted standards.

Roofing contractor or general contractor? 

Again the answer depends on the nature of the job and your preference. If you have only to fix some leaks or only the roof, a licensed roofing contractor with a good reputation will do. But if you plan on replacing the entire substructure of the roof, you better hire a general contractor.

A respected, established local roofing contractor will save you some money in most cases and give you good quality work.

When selecting a licensed roofing contractor, homeowners should consider a few parameters. Ask your potential roofer whether

  • he is licensed
  • how many years he has been in business
  • has he repaired your type of roof
  • he carries Workman’s Compensation Insurance
  • he carries general liability insurance.

And:

  • Does he have a local address and phone number
  • does he remove the old roof
  • does he remove the trash from the property
  • can he give you local references.

There are other questions to ask. But these should give you a good understanding of the man and the business you are considering to hire.

Most of all, in dealing with any construction or building contractors, please keep in mind that

Beware of Contractor’s Liens

Property owners often face major repairs at one time or another during home ownership.  Then they must hire a specialty contractor or general contractor or Winnipeg movers to fix the problem. If they want to remodel a home, they are almost compelled to hire a licensed general contractor. The hire raises the specter of a potentially dangerous and unpleasant situation: The contractor’s lien.

Of course, a home owner who is competent and himself familiar enough to tackle the job as his own contractor does not risk such a lien. The law in California allows him to do his own contracting. He can pull the necessary permits and do the subcontracting if needed. A property owner who goes on his own can potentially save a lot of money – and buy much frustration and anxiety instead.

A licensed contractor can place a lien on your house.

Whenever you hire someone to do work for you on a property, the licensed person with whom you contracted can record a lien against your property.

When can the contractor do that?

If they do not get paid in full or if there is a dispute over the scope and quality of work. The contractor can also place a lien on the home if and when the homeowner refuses to pay in full for work done and completed.

The contractor must record the lien with the county recorder before he can enforce it. For example, California law specifically states that a contractor cannot enforce the lien until “90 days after completion of the work or sixty days after the owner records a notice of completion or cessation”.

In the meantime the lien just sits there encumbering your property just like a mortgage. The problem is that your credit will take a major hit.

The contractor must follow a strict regimen of steps in order to establish and record the lien. Specifically he has to;

  • serve a preliminary 20 day notice on the property owner,
  • do so within the time frame mentioned above (90 and/or 60 days),
  • set the amount of the lien within the parameters of the law (reasonable value of services or materials or contract price),
  • follow the correct order of steps legally required.

In other words, it is a nuisance and expensive pain for both sides to establish or fight a contractor’s lien.

In most cases it is less controversial and troublesome to resolve the matter by compromise. Even better, avoid a contractor’s lien in the first place by hiring a competent, respected and responsible contractor with a good track record. Clearly spell out the scope and conditions of the contract. This is the most important. A well written contract avoids trouble later on.

Why you need a licensed contractor to work on your house

licensed contractorBuying a home is the largest financial decision most of us make during a lifetime. We use a realtor to find our dream house. Why? Because realtors have all the knowledge associated with buying or selling houses that makes purchasing a house a hassle-free experience.

Home modifications or repairs can be a nightmare if done improperly. That is precisely why you need a licensed contractor to help you with that remodel or to correct the shoddy work of some unlicensed handyman.

What do licensed contractors do?

 What does a licensed contractors do that I could not do myself? I can hire sub-contractors myself. Hiring a contractor just adds an additional cost to my project.

True, construction contractors hire sub-contractors. These are specialty contractors. But general contractors do much more than that. Would you hire your show and blow gardener to add another room to your house? I do not think so. He is an expert in his field of work, but he may not know much about framing, dry wall, plumbing, heating installations. If he does, how do you know that he is familiar with current local codes?

Specialty contractors are specialists in their field of work

 It takes expertise and experience to become an expert in one type of construction work.  Those jobs are highly specialized. They have a definite beginning and end within a construction or remodeling job. If you have a job to do that is limited to one of these specialties, a specialty contractor will do fine. But when it comes to a major remodel or overhaul of your new home, you need a licensed general contractor.

General contractors are like captains of a ship

They control and steer a construction project through all phases of the project. A licensed contractor will be with you from the beginning to the end of the entire project. Not just a special phase of it.

Contractors, the general type, are your connection to the project from the planning stage to the very end. You go to him or her whenever you need to discuss the work in progress. Construction contractors of this kind are the generals of your battle with construction.

Licensed contractors

  • know local building codes
  • understand construction work in all of its facets
  • plan and direct the work flow
  • hire competent and trustworthy sub-contractors
  • often have their own employees
  • pay worker’s payroll and insurance
  • carry overall insurance to cover their work
  • are responsible to you for the quality of their work
  • had to take a test to prove their competence
  • are licensed and supervised by a governmental agency.

Licensed contractors provide you with many benefits for a relatively small price. Why not use them to your advantage.

Specialty contractors do most of the work in construction and remodeling

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Most of us think of a general contractor when we hear the word ‘contractor’ in the context of construction projects. Yet the majority of the actual work on site is done by specialty contractors and not by the ‘general’. General contractors get all of the attention. In the eyes of the law both types are contractors.

Why should you pick a specialty contractor?

That depends mainly on the nature and the size of the construction project. Large and complex projects require a general contractor. His function is to organize, control and supervise the entire building project. He hires, directs and schedules the specialty contractor. Think of him as the conductor of an orchestra.

A specialty contractor is like an individual musician in the orchestra. Just as a musician may be referred to by the name of their instrument, specialty contractors often are called by the name of their specialty; the floor guy, the plumber or the roofer.

Leaking faucets in your house? That takes only a plumber. He finds some rotten floor boards and joists under the sink, you need to hire a carpenter as well. Lawn all dead, bushes going wild or wanting a stone driveway for your new home? Get the landscaping contractor. See how it works? Hire a specialty contractor when you need a limited, clearly defined, relatively limited specialty job done. For everything else hire a general contractor.

Specialty contractors need to be licensed

Specialty contractors must have a contractor’s license from the government agency in charge. In California it is the Contractors License Board (CLB). The Board tests applicants and checks that the applicant carries a contractor’s bond and the required liability insurance. The California Contractors License Board issues specialty contractor licenses in 43 categories. They range from C-2, Insulation and Acoustical to C-61 Limited Specialty. There are 65 limited specialty contractor categories recognized by the CLB. Specialty contractors are the foundation of building and construction work. You need one of them for a single job in construction or remodeling projects of almost any kind.

Licensed specialty contractors are good for you

Why? Because they are proven knowledgeable specialists. They had to show their knowledge during a test. Equally important: They must carry insurance in the form of a bond and workman’s compensation insurance at all times. It protects a property owner from liability if an accident happens on the job site.

True, small projects could be done by skilled handyman. It does not necessarily take a painting contractor to repaint one small wall in your living room. But property owners have much to gain from employing licensed specialty contractors to do their construction project.

Licensed general contractor versus specialty contractor

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You are considering a major remodel of your house; adding a new room. How do you best approach the task? Do it yourself, hire sub-contractors or get a general contractor to take care of the entire job?

The answer to this question depends to a great deal on the size and complexity of the work you are planning to do. If it is a single job, hire only a specialty contractor. Multiple job projects require the assistance of a licensed general contractor. A licensed general contractor can pull the work permit required for the job. But, in most states, so can you as a homeowner.

Benefits of a licensed general contractor

A licensed general contractor will be with you from the start of the project to its completion. He will get the building plans approved and pull the permits. Dealing with building inspectors can be a major headache. Ask anyone who had to pull away the new drywall to correct some code violations by a sub.

A licensed general contractor knows local building codes. He is familiar with building materials and how to use them correctly. His experience tells him when a specialty job is done and it is safe proceed to the next step in the project.

Licensed contractors have expertise in many of the specialties of construction work as well. They know the best specialty sub-contractors for the project from past experience. Bad ones fall by the wayside  rather quickly. That alone saves you money, time and bad experiences. Isn’t that worth some money?

A specialty contractor is a specialist in his field of work. Many are great experts in their own field but lack general experience and insight into a project. If you hired a specialty contractor to do the various steps involved in your project, each one of them would only be responsible for the work he has done.

Specialty contractors are not responsible for the work of someone else. Licensed general contractors are. If things go wrong during a construction project, and more often than not they do, the general contractor is responsible for fixing the problem. On his own expense. That gives a homeowner a great deal of peace of mind.

One more thing is worth mentioning in this context. Whatever work you are planning to do, a licensed general contractor most likely has done it before. There will be few things in construction he does not know from experience. A known enemy is easier to beat then the unknown one.

Consider these benefits when time comes for you to decide on hiring a licensed general contractor.