Energy-Efficient Windows Linked to Vinyl Siding Damage in Washington

The excitement of buying a new home can quickly fade if you start noticing construction defects. The question then becomes, “How do I get this expensive problem repaired?” That is what a number of homeowners in Washington are asking themselves after discovering a construction defect that is also affecting homes across the country. Vinyl siding…

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Trying to Decide on a Contractor? Homeowners Should Take These Steps.

Selecting a contractor can make or break a construction or remodeling project. Before you choose a contractor, be sure to check the contractor’s references and verify that the contractor is a licensed professional. (You can determine whether a contractor is properly licensed by searching the website for the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.)…

Don’t Sign the Wrong Lien Waiver Form. It Could Cost You.

Two important things to understand about lien waivers: When a general contractor requests that a waiver be signed in exchange for payment, the burden of determining whether the correct form is being used and whether the amounts and dates are correct typically rests entirely on the party signing the waiver. Waivers cannot be undone. To…

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Lien Perfection Services: Protecting Contractors and Suppliers

In order to take advantage of lien claim rights, contractors and suppliers must jump through certain legal hoops before, during and after the work is done. As you probably know, that process is called perfecting a lien claim. It’s generally a four-step process, but very few contractors and distributors have the internal resources to preserve…

“What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You” — And Other Truths For First-Time Homebuyers

Of all the investments you make in your lifetime, buying your first home is undoubtedly one of the most exciting — and one of the riskiest. People say that what you don’t know can’t hurt you, but that simply isn’t true — especially when you’re buying a home. The reality is that many first-time homebuyers…