What to do when your remodel project is in trouble

Remodeling your home is a great way to build equity in your property while creating a more comfortable and more livable space for you and your family.  But a home remodel project can easily run into trouble, especially when economic times are good because a good economy means well-qualified contractors are busy – and that…

What Are Construction Defects

What are construction defects?

Construction defects vary greatly in nature, scope, and consequence.  Here in the Pacific Northwest, the most serious construction defects often involve inadequate waterproofing of the “building envelope”: a roof that leaks, windows and doors installed without critical head flashings, poor installation of the weather-resistive barrier that should be applied before the siding is installed, or…

Why file a lien?

The importance of liens in securing payment on construction projects cannot be overstated.  Washington’s lien law was enacted primarily to safeguard contractors’, material suppliers’, and laborers’ rights to payment on construction projects.  Failing or refusing to utilize Washington’s lien procedures could turn out to be a catastrophic mistake.  At times, having a valid lien in…

What is a property lien?

In the broadest sense, a lien is a legal right or interest that a creditor has in another’s property.  Usually, creditors use liens to secure payment of debts.  There are many different types of liens.  For example, there are judgment liens, construction liens, crop liens, and various labor liens.  There are also various regulations that…

How does a lien sale work?

The purpose of every construction lien is to secure payment.  But, there are times when there are no funds to pay lien claimants.  In these situations, lien claimants may have to enforce their lien, which can mean having to file a lawsuit, obtain a specific type of judgment, and sell the property to which the…

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…

Repair Contractor Gear

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.)…

Lien Against Home

What to do if someone puts a lien against my house?

There are several different types of liens that may be recorded against your home. These include, but are not limited to, the following: Tax Lien – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or the county where your home is located may place a lien against your property for unpaid income tax or property tax. Mechanic’s Lien…