How bad can it be if you don't get a permit for a building on your own property before you start construction?
Even as this is being written, Florida is bracing for Hurricane Dorian. With hurricanes, it's always a "will-it-or-won't-it" type of situation. Residents often prep their homes and stock up on provisions to be safe, but they never really know if the hurricane will hit hard or mostly skip them by.
As a general contractor, you probably tend to rely on your subcontractors for a lot of the actual work that gets done on your projects. After all, you can't be everywhere at once -- nor an expert in every field. You do your best to hire subcontractors that are reputable, experienced and dependable for every project -- but sometimes mistakes happen or a subcontractor just doesn't live up to his or her reputation.
Whether you're a contractor or a developer, construction disputes are messy -- and, quite potentially, expensive. While it's always better to avoid them, they're bound to happen if you're involved in the industry for any length of time.
One of the most horrific construction fails in recent memory involved the collapse of the Florida International University Bridge on March 15, 2018. A total of six people was killed and eight more were injured.
A cannabis company signed a 10-year lease and put $1.2 million into property renovations and construction on the site of its new Miami Beach marijuana dispensary -- and then had its final building permit abruptly denied because the new dispensary would be roughly 100 feet from an existing dispensary.
Even well-planned construction projects can have issues -- and any kind of problem can cost both money and time. That's why it's important to be well-informed and proactive about preventing them.
No matter how hard you try to avoid them, disputes with your contractor can happen. Fortunately, there are always solutions. However, some are definitely easier than others.
Disputes with a subcontractor can be costly, time-consuming and damaging to the reputation of your construction business. That's why it's far better to try to avoid conflicts in the first place -- at least, as much as possible.
Change orders are every contractor's nightmare. While some can be easily resolved, others end up throwing both parties into battle over the associated costs and delays.