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New Prompt Pay Law Guarantees Quick Payments to Subcontractors, Engineers, and Architects

In Minnesota, construction projects come in all shapes and sizes, be it a small remodel of a kitchen or building a billion dollar football stadium. Regardless of a construction project's size, more often than not, subcontractors are critical in seeing the project through to completion. Minnesota Statute § 337.10 requires prompt payment to subcontractors working in the state.

Buyer Beware? Know your Disclosure Rights

As any person who has purchased a home understands, the home buying process involves a good deal of paperwork. Included in that pile is the seller's property disclosure statement. The property disclosure statement is instrumental in the purchase of a home and is expected to be a full record of pertinent information known to the sellers at the time of sale. There are certain things that must always be disclosed, such as the existence of asbestos or lead-based paint in the home. However, other disclosure requirements can vary not only by state but even by county. The following is information for Minnesota home buyers regarding what should be disclosed and what the recourse is should you find yourself in a situation where you feel you were misguided by the property disclosure statement. 

Tips for Finding the Right Inspector for Your Home

Home inspections are a critical part of the process in purchasing a home. However, in Minnesota, there are no specific licensing requirements in order to become a home inspector. Below are some helpful tips when it comes to hiring a trusted inspector in Minnesota to give your home the stamp of approval and avoid ending up in the Star Tribune's annual home inspection photo compilation. 

3 Tips if 2016's Record Setting Rainfall Made Its Way Into Your Home

2016 marked Minnesota's wettest year on record. Unfortunately for some, with record-setting rainfall comes water problems with their homes. Water intrusion often means there is a construction defect with your home. Below are three critical things to keep in mind if you found water in your home after this particularly waterlogged year. 

Five Tips for Finding the Right Residential Contractor

Residential construction projects come in all shapes and sizes. Regardless of the size of a project, finding the right contractor is critical. The wrong hire opens the door for problems before, during, and after the project is complete. While no plan is fool-proof, the following five tips will go a long way to help homeowners hire the right contractor for the job. 

How to Manage Construction Disputes

Despite best efforts and good intentions, sometimes construction projects do not go as planned. Not many things are more stressful than a construction project that is over-budget, off-schedule, or evidencing defective or non-compliant work. It can be overwhelming to determine the proper steps to take to resolve these issues, but here are some important tips to keep in mind: 

Subcontractor Beware: Five Commonly Misinterpreted Contract Terms

The internet age allows both homeowners and contractors to have a contract in hand in moments. Contracts come in all different forms and can include several clauses and terms that can be confusing. Whether a contractor has used the same set of documents for the entire duration of his or her career or they just recently got started using a form set recommended from a peer, it is important to understand what parties are agreeing to before work begins. Avoiding misinterpreting a clause at the beginning of a project goes a long way in ensuring a positive outcome for all parties involved once the work is complete. 

Construction Booming - The Right Time to Have Your Contract Reviewed

Spending on residential remodeling projects and commercial
construction is up ( http://www.startribune.com/us-construction-spendin...),which is consistent with what we are seeing and hearing from our clients.
This is good news, but when construction is booming, details associated with
construction contracting may get overlooked. Are you protecting yourself
when making such a large financial investment? As the one extending the
credit on these types of projects, have you secured your right to payment?
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Make sure your
construction contract is comprehensive and the right fit for the project.
We assist clients with drafting, reviewing, and negotiating contracts so they
are tailored correctly. 

Construction Projects and Boundary Disputes

Construction projects are exciting!
But sometimes, even construction projects that start out as exciting have
unexpected twists and turns, which quickly dampen the excitement. For
example, oftentimes, through a property survey as part of the planning stage of
a construction project, a client will discover that the property's boundary
lines are not where he (or the adjoining neighbors!) thought they were. A
survey can reveal a myriad of issues, ranging from not enough distance between
the structure and the property line to build the desired project, to a
neighbor's shed, or garden, or patio that is encroaching on the property.
If you suddenly find yourself with a boundary line issue, especially if you are
in the middle of a construction project, retaining an attorney quickly might
afford you opportunities for resolving the issue and keeping your project on
track. 

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