As thrilling as the decision to build a home or undertake an extensive remodel can be, it's important to understand that the process itself can sometimes be fraught with indecision and even some frustration. Regarding the former, you may not be entirely confident in your decision regarding things like cabinets, lighting or paint color, while regarding the latter, you may be hit with things like construction delays and other unforeseen costs.
Every day, hundreds of construction contracts are inked across the nation, including right here in Florida. While many of the parties involved in these contracts -- developers, owners, suppliers, general contractors, subcontractors, sureties, etc. -- may view this as a purely perfunctory process, merely substituting different names or numbers, this is not the view they should take.
As we've discussed before, breaking ground on a new building project is far from a simple process for developers. Indeed, the land on which the structure is to be built must be secured, the proper bids submitted, the proper permits secured and a host of other complex legal issues must be addressed before even the first shovelful of dirt can be moved.
It may seem hard to believe, but next Monday marks the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season. While this likely won't generate too many headlines given that no major storm is currently forecast to hit Florida, the news never fails to resonate with residents, particularly those who have lived here for the last decade.
After years of uncertainty, it can safely be said that the economy is not only back on firm ground, but also showing signs of sustained growth. Indeed, consumer spending is increasing, hiring numbers are climbing, home prices are rebounding and, of course, real estate development is up.
Without a doubt, one of the most complex topics in all of construction law is construction liens. In general, the specifics of construction liens are covered under Chapter 713 of the Florida statutes. However, in today's post, the first in a series, we'll attempt to highlight a few essential points about this equitable device.
When the important decision to either start remodeling a home or build an entirely new home is made, it's extremely important for all parties -- including the homeowner and the prospective builder -- to have a complete understanding of their rights and responsibilities under the law.
It goes without saying that the decision to purchase a home is never easy. Prospective buyers will often spend weeks -- or even months -- touring seemingly endless homes with their real estate agents in search of what they believe to be the perfect fit. While this approach is effective, it can nevertheless serve to overlook the myriad options presented by homes under construction.
Over the last several years, much has been written about the impending arrival of All Aboard Florida, the new express rail line owned and operated by the Florida East Coast Railway.