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Can a home warranty protect you?

When you build a new home in California, you put a lot of trust in your builder. Generally, to help ensure that you are satisfied with the final product, your builder will offer a warranty. However, the FTC warns not all warranties are equal. You may even have the option of buying additional warranties from third-party providers. Some of the components of your home, such as the heating system or the appliances may also come with manufacturer warranties. It is important to understand how each of the warranties protects you.

Common construction defects that you should be aware of

Construction is a highly competitive industry in California that can create a strong desire in many contracting companies to pump out projects at lightning speed. You may be aware of just how competitive it is when you feel the pressure to complete complicated projects in record time to maintain your reputation. However, compromising on design or workmanship can be extremely dangerous and ultimately tarnish your reputation if your flaw results in someone's injury or death. At Tsao-Wu & Yee LLP, we have helped many companies to understand the importance of maintaining a high level of quality. 

How Can I Tell a Bad Contractor From a Good One?

Whether you need help with brand-new construction or are having renovations completed at your home, it’s essential that your contractor performs quality work. Unfortunately, some companies fail to meet the expectations of their clients, which can lead to lost time and money dealing with construction defects. explains what to look out for if you suspect a contractor may be lacking in one or more areas.

How can I find a good home construction contractor?

If you’re having a property built or work performed on your existing home in California, you’re likely concerned about construction defects occurring. Choosing the right contractor will greatly reduce the risk of issues, which is crucial to ensure your project stays on deadline (and on budget). U.S. News & World Report offers a few tips on choosing the best contractor for your needs.

How can home construction warranties help protect me?

One of the best ways to protect yourself from the cost of unexpected construction defects in your new home is to buy a construction warranty. Even if your new California house looks perfect and an inspection turns up no issues, you have no idea how and when a problem might suddenly turn up. Forbes points out how to handle seeking a good construction warranty and what to expect.

How much can you recover for design deficiencies?

Your first call after securing the rights to a new construction project in the San Francisco Bay area may be to a design firm to get the process started on planning your new build. The designs and specifications that come from its plan will drive much of the work that goes into your project and ultimately affect whether or not you will be able to finish both on time and on budget. Thus, any deficiencies in the design can have devastating consequences. According to, complaints over design deficiencies make up 38 percent of all construction disputes. This begs the question of how should you deal with such disputes? 

Experts contend that FIU bridge was incomplete, a hazardous risk

For many California construction companies, the safety, reliability and durability of their projects is paramount to their ability to maintain a good reputation. However, sometimes factors like human error, environmental hazards and poor communication may result in a situation where a construction defect occurs. Often, simple problems can be fixed right away without compromising the structural integrity of whatever is being built. However, if problems are not addressed immediately, the consequence can be significantly severe. 

What Are Some Different Types of Construction Defects?

If you’re having work done on your property in San Francisco, you no doubt expect the contractors to do their absolute best. However, construction defects can occur, and in some cases they can cost you exorbitant amounts of money (or at least a great deal of hassle). Travelers offers insight into some of the different types of defects that can happen during construction so you can readily identify any issues.

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