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What is a subcontractor?

On Pennsylvania construction sites, it is very common for some of the workers to be subcontractors. These workers are hired by the main contractor to handle specific jobs. In some cases, all workers are subcontractors. It just depends on the job being done. However, to classify a worker as a subcontractor, there are specific rules that must be followed according to the IRS. This is because subcontractors are treated differently than employees for tax purposes.

What are the types of construction delays?

When you are having something built for you in Pennsylvania, one thing you never want to hear is that the project is delayed. Delays can happen on a construction site for many reasons. Understanding what can cause delays can help you to avoid issues with contractors in the future.

Are wall cracks a sign of a defect?

If you notice cracks in the walls of your newly built Pennsylvania home, you are not alone. This is actually a common issue, but it can stem from a variety of causes. According to Buyers Ask, some of these causes are beyond the control of the builder or contractor, but others may be a defect or due to bad construction.

How home construction defects result in water leakage

A brand new Pennsylvania home or repairs to your existing home should be the last step in a long construction project. Unfortunately, if you start noticing water leaking down your walls, you may find your building project was not as complete as you thought. According to Builder and Developer Magazine, water problems have been the historical main cause of litigation of construction defects. Water leakages can occur because of any number of building problems.

What are the four common types of construction defects?

When building anything in Pennsylvania as part of a construction project, it is important that you pay attention to the quality of the build. Should your project end up having a defect of some type, you open yourself up to litigation and liability. A good way to avoid defects in your projects is to be aware of the common ones. This allows you to double check for them in your own designs and work. 

Preventing construction disputes from hurting your success

If you are a professional in the construction industry, you may be familiar with the unique risks you face in regards to creating, implementing and honoring contracts. Often, you make these types of agreements with developers, subcontractors and others who are responsible for facilitating a project's success. Preventing construction disputes is a direct result of your ability to effectively communicate and prepare for the unexpected. At Gesk Moritz LLC, we understand the complications that are faced by construction companies in Pennsylvania. 

Can you build lasting relationships with subcontractors?

As a general contractor in Pennsylvania, you have probably noticed that a large part of your success is a direct result of the reliability of the subcontractors you hire to help you complete certain projects. Without dependable partners who are committed to facilitating the success of your project, you may run into costly problems including delays, missed deadlines and shoddy work. Fortunately, there are simple measures you can take to build lasting relationships with your subcontractors to better protect your company's reputation and the satisfaction of your customers. 

A closer look at how you can prevent construction disputes

If you work in Pennsylvania's construction industry, you may be well aware that on occasion, disputes can occur. Often, these disagreements are in regards to contractual terms that may have been previously misunderstood or modified by one or more parties. Fortunately, with your proactive endeavors to educate your employees and with your own familiarity with prevention techniques, you can reduce the chances of having to deal with costly disputes. At Gesk Moritz LLC, we are experienced at working with professionals in the construction industry and understand the unique challenges they face each day.

Reviewing the reasons for terminating contracts

As a contractor, you rely heavily on the strength of your contractual agreements to not only guarantee continued work, but also to reinforce your reputation in the local community. When you enter into a contract with a client, you do so with every expectation that as long as you fulfill your terms, the other party will have no reason to end your agreement (or to not reciprocate). Are there any scenarios where it can do just that? 

Can you better protect the construction workers on your team?

If you hold a position of trust and leadership in various construction projects, you may be well aware that the safety and education of your workers is heavily reliant on your own example and the trainings you require your workers to complete. However, construction accidents can sometimes happen and leave you feeling concerned about how to better protect the talent on your team. Fortunately, by taking some proactive steps towards the education and training of your team, you can reduce the chance of accidents from happening on your worksites in Pennsylvania. 

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