Are You or Your Client Having Trouble With a Home Construction or Remodeling Contractor?
With more building permits being issues than ever, legal issues regarding home remodels is on the rise!
In the aftermath of hurricane Sandy there has been a large influx of new construction, remodeling and repairs in New Jersey. So much so, that in many townships there are more building permits being issued than ever before. While many people are going to realize their dream of having a beautiful new home, there are many who are going to fall prey to contractors who are less than honest in their abilities and scope of services.
With so many building permits being issued, the number of contractor/client issues is on the rise. Most of these relationships between a contractor or home builder and a homeowner start with the best of intentions. You want a new home, or to rebuild what you had and the contractor, no doubt is very excited to build it for you.
Unfortunately, occasionally the contractor and owner may diverge on the project as work progresses (or doesn’t progress) and the vision you once had slowly fades into a mess of epic proportions.
What Step’s Can You Take?
The first step in a contractor/client dispute is to get an impartial experts opinion on the situation.
DMB Construction is a local general contracting company owned by Mr. David. M. Bekus. Mr. Bekus is a licensed building inspector (RCS, ICS and HHS) and he has built many single family and town homes in New Jersey. With a certification in project management, construction methods, cost estimating and construction safety he has extensive experience and knowledge of the building trades. Mr. Bekus has over 30 years in the Construction industry.
Why Should Any Of This Matter To You?
When you are having a problem with your contractor (or your client is) you need to know all the specifics, everything an untrained eye wouldn’t pick up on. It’s imperative to how successful you will be should the matter ever reach litigation. By bringing together extensive field experience with analytical capabilities Mr. Bekus has can help assess your situation and give critical reports and testimony as to the state of your construction project.
Additional Licenses and Experience:
- NJ Building inspector.
- Accepted expert witness Monmouth County Superior Court.
- Licensed Renovator and new home builder.
- Project manager multiple large projects.
- Inspections for Home owner Associations.
An impartial opinion may help avoid the cost and delays associated with going to court, if not an impartial and very detailed opinion on your project could strongly support your case.
Your Contractor Has Walked Off The Job – What Do You Do?
If a contractor packs up his crew and tools and leaves a job permanently for any reason other than total project completion. It often is necessary to ascertain the value of the work that has alreaby been completed, the work still yet to be completed and any and all work done that has been completed incorrectly or not to current building code standards.
DM Bekus with years of construction experience can provide the documentation necessary to give a fair cost evaluation that can be useful to both parties
The Best Way To Avoid Problems – Hire The Experts Early!
Do you have specific questions about your construction or remodeling project and your contractor is providing vague or no-answer? Do you have concerns with plans or how a contractor is planning to construct or remodel your home? This is perfectly normal! You’re spending a lot of money on your home and you should be privy to every piece of information as it pertains to the materials and workmanship going into your home.
The best time to bring in expert is at the beginning of a project before the first shovel even breaks ground or before the first little bit of demolition occurs. We can expertly review plans, specifications and concerns. With over 30 years experience in this field we often can come up with money saving ideas for the budget oriented and spot any potential problems or issues that could arise long before they ever lead to a stoppage of work or dispute
Second opinions on medium-to-large scale home construction and remodeling projects are often very helpful in the building and construction industry as it lets everyone know that an independent review is taking place. You wouldn’t really need to do this for something small like new countertops but if you’re about to spend $10,000-$500,000 on a building project you want to make sure you understand everything that is happening.
While the town permit process will bring out an inspector to eventually inspect your project for code compliance you want to solve any issues long before this step. In almost every case we’ve been involved with the work has passed inspections, yet the owners still ended up with big disappointments.
Remember: To most home inspectors your home is just another structure and they need to look at several every day. They don’t always have your best interest at heart and in many cases will make decisions that protect their position not necessarily you or your family. This is another reason why an independent review should strongly be considered.
We’re Going To Court With Our Contractor – What Do We Do Now?
If the negative construction situation you are involved with rises to the level that court action is imminent then an expert witness who is impartial to the situation will be essential to help you document the damages, document the errors and any problems with workmanship.
An expert witness must articulate all of the problems with your project in a manner that anyone would be able to understand. They must maintain a sharp eye to look for items that you or legal counsel may have overlooked. Lastly… An expert witness must be able to back up their findings and opinion with indisputable facts.
For example… If one of the issues with your claim was with poor quality window installations we would immediately go through the manufacturers recommended installation process, the city building codes and then the actual installation itself to point out anything that has been done wrong, and then we’ll show the correct way it should have been completed.
This is the type of expert testimony that can help you win in a court of law.
Construction and Building Expert Witness On The Jersey Shore
DMB Construction is a local general contracting company owned by Mr. David. M. Bekus. Mr. Bekus is a licensed building inspector (RCS, ICS and HHS) and he has built many single family and town homes in New Jersey. With a certification in project management, construction methods, cost estimating and construction safety he has extensive experience and knowledge of the building trades.
If you need the services of an expert witness for your construction or building litigation or if you’d just like to reach out and have an expert review your plans before it ever gets this far please give us a call or fill out the form on our website. Someone will get back to you quickly so we can answer any questions and schedule a time to view your project.
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