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You are the customer. If your goal is to choose a construction defect investigation contractor that will deliver high customer satisfaction and quality, you’ll feel confident in choosing a Diamond Certified construction defect investigator. Each has been rated Highest in Quality in the most accurate ratings process anywhere. And you’re always backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. Here’s why the Diamond Certified ratings and certification process will help you find a top-rated construction defect investigation company and is unparalleled in its accuracy, rigor and usefulness:

1) Accuracy: All research is performed by live telephone interviews that verify only real customers are surveyed, so you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews.

2) Statistical Reliability: A large random sample of past customers is surveyed on an ongoing basis so the research results you see truly reflect a Diamond Certified company’s top-rated status.

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4) Guaranteed: Your purchase is backed up with mediation and the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee, so you can choose with confidence.

Click on the name of a Diamond Certified company above to read ratings results, researched articles and verbatim customer survey responses to help you make an informed decision.

More than 200,000 customers of local companies have been interviewed in live telephone calls, and only companies that score Highest in Quality in customer satisfaction–a 90+ on a 100 scale–as well as pass all of the credential-based ratings earn Diamond Certified. By requiring such a high score to qualify, the Diamond Certified program eliminates mediocre and poorly performing companies. Read detailed information about the ratings and certification process.

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DIAMOND CERTIFIED EXPERT CONTRIBUTORS IN THE San Francisco – Contractor – Construction Defect Investigation CATEGORY

Jeff Kann is owner of HOUSEworks, a Diamond Certified Company since 2006. Jeff has spent many years developing ways to remove the stress and risks from home renovation projects. He can be reached at (415) 578-9560or by email.

Jeff Kann

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Jeff Kann: Building a New Path

By Matt Solis, Editor

SAN FRANCISCO – Many construction professionals spend their whole lives surrounded by builders, often learning the intricacies of the craft at an early age from family members or friends. Others come to the job organically from a related industry like painting or carpentry. For Jeff Kann, owner of HOUSEworks, the path to the construction industry didn’t reveal itself until later in life, but once he found it, he knew he was home. “I started HOUSEworks in 2005 after spending 25 years in banking,” he explains. “At a certain point, I realized I wanted to be involved with a service industry that was tangible; that created things you could touch and feel and see every day. I thought I could bring the business experience I gained from the banking industry together with quality craftspeople, and it turned out to be a great combination.”

Jeff says his years of experience in the business world give him a unique perspective on how to optimize the construction experience for his clients and employees alike. “In construction, good administrative and project management is just as important as good building skills. Most people have or have heard stories about remodeling projects gone awry, whether the work took too long or the construction company didn’t keep its promises. Often, these problems occur not because the people doing the work aren’t good at building, but because they don’t have the business skills to deliver the full package. I’m able to position my builders for success because I handle the administrative side and let them focus on the actual work.”

Delivering quality construction projects on time is undoubtedly made easier by the temperate weather of the Bay Area, but Jeff says it’s the housing stock of San Francisco that’s the most attractive aspect of working locally. “The buildings we have to work with are just amazing. San Francisco houses have a lot of character—most of them have been carefully and thoughtfully put together, with good bones that have sustained an incredible amount of use. The people are also fun to work with. They’re generally bright, entrepreneurial types with diverse backgrounds who take a lot of pride in their homes and want to invest in unique projects, which makes it exciting for us.”

When he’s not managing construction projects in the city by the bay, Jeff takes advantage of the Bay Area’s perpetually sunny days to indulge his other passion: golf. “We live in golf’s Mecca—not only can you play year-round, but the availability of beautiful courses is unparalleled,” he says. “I’m a big fan of the outdoors in general, and that goes hand-in-hand with golf. I walk every course I play, and I enjoy the walk just as much as I enjoy the game. Some of my favorite courses are Chardonnay in Napa, Boundary Oak in Walnut Creek and Half Moon Bay Golf Links.”

Jeff also enjoys exploring the Bay Area’s diverse food and wine scene with his wife, Ellie, who has recently started helping him with HOUSEworks’ day-to-day operations. “Ellie stayed at home with our kids when they were growing up, but now that they’re out of the house, she’s joined me in the family business,” he says. “Our son, David, attends Becker College in Massachusetts, and our daughter, Jacqueline, is at Santa Barbara City College. Actually, both of them have spent time working for the company. David usually spends his summers and breaks working for us or some of our trade contractors, and Jacqueline has worked for one of our designers. We’re a family business in every sense of the word!”

When he reflects on both his careers, Jeff points to one attribute above all as a catalyst for his success. “I believe it’s important to listen more than you speak,” he says. “Remodeling is a deeply personal process—we’re inside our clients’ homes, and they have specific ideas or visions about how they want to live in their homes and how they want them to look, so the only way to make that happen is to listen. That’s the most necessary aspect of any type of work.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: What’s your favorite sport?
A: College ice hockey. My son plays defense for Becker College, and he played on the Junior Sharks when he was growing up. I’m also really passionate about baseball. I love the Giants.
Q: Have you ever read a book more than once?
A: Yes, Catcher in the Rye. I read it in high school, and then I read it with my kids when they were in high school. It really hasn’t lost its core meaning over the years.
Q: Have you ever had a conversation with a famous person?
A: I sat next to Betty White on a plane and it was sort of a bumpy flight, so we talked to take our minds off air turbulence and travel for a little while.
Q: What’s your favorite fruit?
A: Blueberries.
Q: What country would you most like to visit?
A: Actually, I’d like to travel throughout the United States. There’s just so much I haven’t seen yet, like the Grand Canyon and Snake River.
Q: What’s the best James Bond movie?
A: It’s a three-way tie: The Spy Who Loved Me, Goldfinger, and Live and Let Die.

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Designing Your Home for Aging in Place

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Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified construction defect investigation contractor?

Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified construction defect investigation contractor?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose a construction defect investigation contractor with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local companies who have passed the country’s most in-depth rating process. Only construction defect investigation contractors rated Highest in Quality earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most companies can’t pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporation also monitors every Diamond Certified company with ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. So you’ll feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified construction defect investigation contractor.

Q: What is a construction defect?
A: A construction defect can result from several different factors that include workmanship or inferior materials. Water leakage from windows or a faulty exterior envelope system is common examples of construction defects. A construction defect is a condition that reduces the life expectancy of one or many different building components in a commercial building or a residential home. Though some defects are obvious such as water intrusion, many are less obvious until years after the home or building was built. Any building imperfection or design fault that reduces the value of the building is a construction defect.

Q: What are some common causes of construction defects?
A: A combination of factors can cause construction defects. These include window leaks, negligent construction, inferior materials, window product defects, defective building materials, and inferior materials.

Q: What are some of the most frequent types of construction defects?
A: There are many different types of construction defects. Some of the most common are mold, dry rot, leaks from windows, balconies, walls, and roofs, framing issues, water intrusion, foundation cracks that cause finish floor cracks, waterproofing below and above grade, and structural failure that causes stucco or drywall cracks.

Q: Who is responsible for construction defects?
A: Generally the responsibility will lay with the general contractors, developers, and the subcontractors of the residential or commercial buildings; however, there may be several responsible parties. If defective materials are used, typically the subcontractor is at fault. Manufacturers of the building components as well as the architects, designers, and other involved parties can also be held responsible for construction defects.

Q: What does the builder’s warranty really cover?
A: Every warranty is different regarding what is covered and what is not, how long the warranty lasts, and what the builder will do to fix construction problems, so be sure to read the warranty. Most warranties, however, will not address ninety percent of common construction defects.

Q: How do I prove that defect exists?
A: You will need to hire an expert-someone who has the necessary training, education and experience to give testimony as to the cause of a defect. A construction defect investigation contractor can give testimony in court as to the cause of a defect.

Q: Will the homeowners or homeowner association’s insurance company cover damages caused by construction defects?
A: Usually the answer to this question is no. The language in most owner and home owner association insurance policies excludes coverage for faulty workmanship, design, or materials.

Q: What effect does land have on a structure?
A: When a structure goes up, part of the planning must be regarding the foundation the structure will sit on. For example, if the type of soil is not considered, construction defects are bound to develop. Expansive soil needs preventative elements in order to build a stable house or the end result will be severe cracks in sidewalks, the driveway, dry walls, etc. Another effect could be that a door that originally slammed shut will no longer close all the way.

Q: What should I do if I discover a problem with the construction of my home or building?
A: The first thing that you should do is contact a construction defect investigation contractor to take a look at the problem. If it is determined that substantial repairs are necessary in order to fix the problem, you need to contact an attorney immediately before you agree to these repairs.

Q: What if my builder denies the fact that a construction defect is present?
A: First of all, do not attempt to work directly with the builder. Most companies employ defense attorney. Their job is to limit the exposure to liability on the part of their clients. For this reason you should first contact a construction defect attorney for a free case evaluation.

Q: What if a construction defect in my home creates a dangerous situation?
A: Do not place yourself or your loved ones in any harm. Take the proper steps needed to ensure the safety of anyone who could possibly be harmed by this defect. Secondly, immediately contact an attorney.

Know What You Want
Researching and Planning Before Hiring a Construction Defect Investigation Contractor in San Francisco

Many factors should be considered before selecting a construction defect investigation contractor in San Francisco that will meet your needs the most successfully. Write down everything that you’re searching for before you begin your research. Consider the following questions before making your final selection of a construction defect investigation contractor.

  • Do I want a Diamond Certified company that is rated best in quality and backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee?
  • What is my budget?
  • What is the time frame for completing the construction defect investigation?
  • What aspect of the construction project needs to be investigated for defects?
  • Am I interested in having a construction defect investigation contractor that can also repair the construction project?
  • What personal and professional characteristics would I like my San Francisco construction defect investigation contractor to have? (These may include good communication skills, honesty, reliability, cleanliness, etc.)

 

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What To Ask In Person
Ask These Questions When Speaking in Person with a San Francisco Construction Defect Investigation Contractor

The next step is to interview construction defect investigation contractors in San Francisco, including the larger neighborhoods of Sunset District, Richmond District, Mission District, Tenderloin, and Bernal Heights . Questions you may want to ask include the following.

  1. How do you as a construction defect investigation contractor price the construction defect investigation?
  2. Do you provide the construction defect investigation work yourself or do you hire subcontractors?
  3. What professional organizations are you a member of?
  4. What will be your timing as a construction defective investigation contractor for completing the site investigation?
  5. Do you carry workers’ compensation and liability insurance?
  6. How many projects that are similar to mine have you completed in the last year?
  7. If you provide repairs for the construction defects, do you provide a warranty? If so, what type and what are the terms?
  8. How do you perform your work: what time do you start, how will you handle trash and debris, etc.

 

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  • What To Ask References
    Ask These Questions When Speaking With a Previous Customer of a San Francisco Construction Defect Investigation Contractor

    It’s best to choose a Diamond Certified construction defect investigation contractor because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can’t pass. If you want quality contractor work in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company. Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies. And you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews. That’s because all research is performed in live telephone interviews of actual customers.

    If you can’t find a Diamond Certified construction defect investigation contractor within reach, you’ll have to do some research on your own. If you do, it’s wise to call some references provided by your construction defect investigation contractor. Keep in mind, though, that references provided to you by the construction defect investigation contractor are not equal in value to the large random sample of customers surveyed during the Diamond Certified ratings process. That’s because references given to customers from companies are cherry-picked instead of randomly selected from all their customers. So the contractors will likely give you a few customers to call that they know are satisfied.

    If you do call references on your own, specifically ask for a list of the company’s 10 most recent customers. This will help avoid them giving you the names of only customers they know were satisfied.

    1. Did the construction defective investigation contractor show up on time?
    2. Did the construction defect investigation contractor clean up after completing the job?
    3. Do you feel like the general contractor charged a fair price for the quality of the work?
    4. Did the contractor seem receptive to your input?
    5. Did the contractor provide answers to questions to your satisfaction?
    6. If you need a construction defective investigation contractor in the future, will you consider hiring this general contractor?
    7. What type of construction project did you hire the general contractor to investigate?
    8. Were there any unexpected costs? If so, what?
    9. Did the construction defect investigation contractor repair the source of the problem that caused a defect in the construction of your property? If so, did the contractor do a quality job?
    10. Would you recommend this construction defective investigation contractor to your family and friends?
    11. Did they finish the job on time?
    12. Were you satisfied with the service from the (construction defective investigation contractor name)?

     

     

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  • Review Your Options
    Choosing a First Rate Construction Defect Investigation Contractor in San Francisco

    The Diamond Certified symbol has been awarded to companies that scored Highest in Quality in an accurate ratings process.

    Your choice of construction defect investigation contractor is important to you and your family. So before deciding on the best construction defect investigation contractor in San Francisco, including the larger neighborhoods of Sunset District, Richmond District, Mission District, Tenderloin, and Bernal Heights , for you, it’s important to consider the following questions.

    1. What is the time frame for this construction defect investigation project: when do I intend to start it and when do I need to have it accomplished?
    2. Is my construction defect investigation contractor of choice well-established in the community?
    3. Does my construction defect investigation contractor of choice have good references that I have checked?
    4. Is my construction defect investigation contractor of choice charging a reasonable price for quality work on my construction defect investigation project?

     

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  • How To Work With
    Getting Ready to Sign a Contract with a Construction Defective Investigation Contractor in San Francisco

    Once you’ve hired a construction defect investigation company in San Francisco, including the smaller neighborhoods of South of Market Street (SOMA), Cole Valley, the Presidio, Japantown, Excelsior, Eureka Valley, Union Square, West Portal , and Western Addition, you will have an initial meeting between you and the contractor to discuss your requirements and the contractor’s qualifications. An estimate of the projects and its feasibility is drawn out. The contractor will provide you with an estimate based on the investigation specifications. Once the final contract has been drawn, the construction defect investigation will begin.

    Be Contract Specific
    Once the contract is drawn up, it should be signed by both parties: you, the project owner, and the contractor. If any sub-contractors will be involved, they should sign the contract as well. The contract should protect the interests of both you and the contractor. As a result, it should include the following:

    • A clear, concise, and complete description of the project, including start and completion dates. Contractor’s name, physical address, mailing address and phone.
    • Quote of the project.
    • Terms of payment schedule as well as the payment schedule for the contractor.
    • Any oral promises made.

     

    Take Precautions to Protect Yourself
    Taking precautions will help protect you and your commercial project investment. It will also increase your chances of success. Consider the following guidelines:

    • Agree to make payments as the project progresses, contingent upon completion of a determined amount of work. This way, if work on the project is delayed, payment will be delayed as well.
    • Do not make final payment until the work completed meets agreed upon specifications.
    • Do not sign a contract or any document until you have thoroughly read through it and filled in any blank spaces.
    • Do not sign a contract that uses vague terms. Make sure that all terms are specific regarding project requirements and the work that will be performed.

     

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  • Be a Good Customer
    How to be a Good San Francisco Construction Defect Investigation Contractor Customer

    It’s the construction defect investigation contractor’s responsibility to complete a quality commercial building project for you according to your specifications. But you play a big part in the success of your construction defect investigation contractor, too. Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring a San Francisco construction defect investigation contractor.

    • Ask your construction defect investigation contractor if you should call to check on the progress or if he will call you with updates.
    • Be sure your construction defect investigation contractor has a phone number where they can reach you at all times while they’re completing your design and build project. The work will move along more smoothly if your construction defect investigation contractor can reach you for any necessary updates, questions or work authorizations.
    • When your construction defect investigation contractor contacts you, return calls promptly to keep the commercial contract work on schedule.
    • Before you hire a construction defect investigation contractor in San Francisco, including the larger neighborhoods of Excelsior, Pacific Heights, Nob Hill, North Beach, and Bayview District, restate your expectations and goals, and reiterate to the construction defect investigation contractor your understanding of the agreement. Most problems with local construction defect investigation contractors occur because of a breakdown in communication. By being clear about your expectations and theirs, you can avoid most conflicts.
    • Pay for the construction defect investigation contractor’s work quickly.
    • Be clear and upfront with the construction defect investigation contractor. Let them know what you want from your construction defect investigation contractor, the long-term outcome you’re expecting and specific ways they can satisfy your expectations.
    • Remember, a friendly smile goes a long way!

     

    Why would you want to be a good customer? Construction defect investigation contractors in San Francisco appreciate customers who are straightforward, honest and easy to work with. Your good customer behavior sets the tone from your end and creates an environment conducive to a good relationship. Things may very well go smoother and any problems may be more easily resolved.

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Check The Work
Use the Invoice to Verify the Completed Commercial San Francisco Construction Defect Investigation Contractor Work

When the commercial contract work is completed, your construction defect investigation contractor is required to give you a written invoice. This must include:

  • The name and physical address of the construction defect investigation contractor
  • A list of all work performed
  • An itemized list of all merchandise purchased or included, if any
  • The total construction defect investigation cost

 

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Written Warranties
Top Service Requests from Construction Defect Investigation Contractors

Construction defect investigation contractors in San Francisco, including the larger neighborhoods of Sunset District, Richmond District, Mission District, Tenderloin, and Bernal Heights , provide defect investigation for all types of construction projects. Following is a list of the most popular projects that require a construction defect investigation contractor.

Construction defect investigation contractors in San Francisco, including the larger neighborhoods of Sunset District, Richmond District, Mission District, Tenderloin, and Bernal Heights , provide defect investigation for all types of construction projects. Following is a list of the most popular projects that require a construction defect investigation contractor.

Commercial construction defects
This is a reference to construction defects such as foundation issues that threaten the structural fitness of a building or more aesthetic issues such as poorly applied stucco in commercial properties.

Public works building defects
This is the process of looking for any nonconformance of a public works building with specified requirements in regards to structural issues such as roof cracks or foundation problems that weaken the fitness of the public works building overall.

Industrial construction defects
This is a reference to construction defects such as foundation issues that threaten the structural fitness of a building or more aesthetic issues such as poorly applied stucco in industrial buildings.

Residential construction defects
This is a reference to construction defects such as foundation issues that threaten the structural fitness of a building or more aesthetic issues such as poorly applied stucco in residences.

Apartment building defects
This is a reference to construction defects such as foundation issues that threaten the structural fitness of a building or more aesthetic issues such as poorly applied stucco in apartment buildings.

Condominium defect investigation
This is a reference to construction defects such as foundation issues that threaten the structural fitness of a building or more aesthetic issues such as poorly applied stucco condominiums.

Restaurant building defects
This is the process of looking for any nonconformance of a restaurant–an establishment which prepares and serves food and drinks to customers in return for money-with specified requirements in regards to structural issues such as roof cracks or foundation problems that weaken the fitness of the restaurant building overall.

Shopping center construction defects
This is a reference to construction defects such as foundation issues that threaten the structural fitness of a building or more aesthetic issues such as poorly applied stucco shopping centers.

Real estate construction defects
This is a reference to construction defects such as foundation issues that threaten the structural fitness of a building or more aesthetic issues such as poorly applied stucco in real estate.

Office building defects
This is a reference to construction defects such as foundation issues that threaten the structural fitness of a building or more aesthetic issues such as poorly applied stucco in office buildings.

 

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Top 10 Requests
Top Service Requests from Construction Defect Investigation Contractors

Construction defect investigation contractors in San Francisco, including the larger neighborhoods of Sunset District, Richmond District, Mission District, Tenderloin, and Bernal Heights , provide defect investigation for all types of construction projects. Following is a list of the most popular projects that require a construction defect investigation contractor.

Commercial construction defects
This is a reference to construction defects such as foundation issues that threaten the structural fitness of a building or more aesthetic issues such as poorly applied stucco in commercial properties.

Public works building defects
This is the process of looking for any nonconformance of a public works building with specified requirements in regards to structural issues such as roof cracks or foundation problems that weaken the fitness of the public works building overall.

Industrial construction defects
This is a reference to construction defects such as foundation issues that threaten the structural fitness of a building or more aesthetic issues such as poorly applied stucco in industrial buildings.

Residential construction defects
This is a reference to construction defects such as foundation issues that threaten the structural fitness of a building or more aesthetic issues such as poorly applied stucco in residences.

Apartment building defects
This is a reference to construction defects such as foundation issues that threaten the structural fitness of a building or more aesthetic issues such as poorly applied stucco in apartment buildings.

Condominium defect investigation
This is a reference to construction defects such as foundation issues that threaten the structural fitness of a building or more aesthetic issues such as poorly applied stucco condominiums.

Restaurant building defects
This is the process of looking for any nonconformance of a restaurant–an establishment which prepares and serves food and drinks to customers in return for money-with specified requirements in regards to structural issues such as roof cracks or foundation problems that weaken the fitness of the restaurant building overall.

Shopping center construction defects
This is a reference to construction defects such as foundation issues that threaten the structural fitness of a building or more aesthetic issues such as poorly applied stucco shopping centers.

Real estate construction defects
This is a reference to construction defects such as foundation issues that threaten the structural fitness of a building or more aesthetic issues such as poorly applied stucco in real estate.

Office building defects
This is a reference to construction defects such as foundation issues that threaten the structural fitness of a building or more aesthetic issues such as poorly applied stucco in office buildings.

 

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Glossary Of Terms
Glossary of Terms for Customers of Local Construction Defect Investigation Companies in San Francisco

Below are key construction defect investigation contractor terms and descriptions that will help you navigate your way through your construction defect investigation from beginning to end.

architects
When designing a new home or business project, the architect is in charge of creating a draft of the actual design of the home, addition, remodeling, or building project.

Also known as: architect jobs, architect, shop architects, interior architects

building decay investigation & repairs
This is a reference to a construction defect investigator investigating a building for signs of and reasons for decay and then repairing the root of the problem in order to re-establish the building’s foundation and strength.

civil construction
This is anything to do with earth, water or transport infrastructure

commercial apartment buildings
These are residential units in a building that is comprised of five or more residential apartments. The building itself is a commercial apartment building designed for several families.

Also known as: apartment buildings for sale, apartment building financing, apartment building listings, buying apartment buildings, apartments for sale, financing for apartment buildings, commercial apartment loans

commercial building contractor
This is a reference to contractors who provide service for commercial construction projects such as high-rise buildings, recreational, government, and institutional facilities, public works projects, etc.

Also known as: commercial general contractors, commercial construction contractors, commercial building contractors

commercial concrete services
This is service provided by a commercial company that includes sitework, flatwork, curb & gutter, paving, foundation, and all phases of structural and architectural concrete.

Also known as: cement contractors, foundation contractors, foundation contractor, cement flooring residential, decorative cement, decorative cement floors

commercial construction services
This is a reference to contractors who provide service for commercial construction projects such as high-rise buildings, recreational, government, and institutional facilities, public works projects, etc.

Also known as: commercial construction companies, commercial construction cost, commercial construction contractors, commercial construction job, commercial construction costs

commercial flooring installation
This is a reference to installing flooring in a commercial building.

Also known as: hardwood floor installation, laminate floor installation, commercial flooring contractors, hardwood floor installation video, laminate flooring installation, wood floor installation, commercial flooring, commercial flooring companies, commercial flooring installers, tile flooring installation, commercial flooring tile, carpet installation prices, linoleum flooring

construction defects
A construction defect can result from several different factors that include workmanship or inferior materials. Water leakage from windows or a faulty exterior envelope system is common examples of construction defects. A construction defect is a condition that reduces the life expectancy of one or many different building components in a commercial building or a residential home. Though some defects are obvious such as water intrusion, many are less obvious until years after the home or building was built. Any building imperfection or design fault that reduces the value of the building is a construction defect.

Also known as: construction defect insurance, construction defect attorney, construction defect lawyer

construction defect attorney
This is an attorney who specializes in construction defects in residential or commercial structures.

Also known as: construction defect lawyers, construction defect, construction defect litigation, construction defect claims

construction defect investigations
This is a reference to investigating a building in order to find probable defects in its construction.

Also known as: construction expert, litigation construction, forensic construction, defects in buildings, building test

construction defect repairs
This is a reference to repairing, or fixing, defects in a building’s construction in order to re-establish the building’s foundation and strength.

construction expert witnesses
This is a reference to people who are used in a lawsuit in a construction defect case. A construction expert witness is someone who has knowledge not normally possessed by the average person concerning the structure and structural defects of a building or home.

Also known as: expert witness, construction expert, expert witness construction, expert witnesses, construction defect expert witness, expert witness directory, expert witness testimony

engineering reports
These are reports that are created by engineers that provide status on different topics such as investigation, issues being tested, issues being developed, etc.

framing contractor
This is a person who specializes in building new houses.

Also known as: framing construction, general contractor, construction companies, drywall contractors, home improvement contractors, remodeling contractors, house framing contractors, contractor reviews

general contractor
General contractors manage all aspects of a project. This includes hiring and supervising subcontractors, obtaining materials and building permits, and scheduling inspections.

Also known as: general building contractor, general contractor reviews, general contractor license

green commercial building construction
This is a reference to constructing a commercial building using a process that is environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout the life cycle of the building. The construction and life of the building is designed in a way that reduces the overall impact on human health and the natural environment by efficiently using resources such as energy and water and reducing waste and pollution.

insurance investigations
These are investigations by insurance investigators. The insurance investigator has a private detective role and assists insurance claims adjusters and examiners in cases where criminality or fraud is suspected.

Also known as: insurance investigator, insurance investigator jobs, insurance fraud investigation, insurance investigation, insurance fraud investigators, insurance claims investigators, private investigator insurance

legal expert witness services
This is a reference to a service provided by certain companies for situations such as court cases or other settings that require an expert witness. An expert witness is believed to have expertise and specialized knowledge in legal issues.

Also known as: expert witnesses, legal expert witness, legal expert witnesses, expert witness services, medical expert witness

licensed architects
Architects who have met the standards for licensing by the California Architects Board are licensed. This includes completion of the two state-run intern development programs known as CIDP and IDP; completion of the Architect Registration Examination; and completion of the oral examination known as the CSE.

licensed building contractors
This is a person who is licensed to construct a building or other improvement for the owner or developer.

Also known as: licensed roofing contractors, general building contractor license, licensed general contractor, licensed electrical contractor, building contractors, commercial building contractors, building contractors association

non-destructive defect sampling
This is a reference to a wide group of analysis techniques used in the construction defect investigation business that is used to evaluate the properties of a material, component or system without causing damage. This process does not permanently alter or damage the material being inspected. It is a highly valuable technique that saves time and money in the evaluation, troubleshooting and research process of investigating defects in a construction.

residential building contractor
This is a person who contracts to construct a residential home or other improvement for the owner or developer.

Also known as: residential building contractors, general building contractor, commercial building contractors, residential building contractor, residential contractor, residential general contractor

site inspections
This is a reference to inspecting a building site for particular issues such as the life expectancy of a construction, pipeline integrity assessment, component inspection, flood damage inspection, structural integrity, paint inspection, etc.

Also known as: site safety inspection form, field inspection companies, inspection software, site inspection report template

subcontractor
Any constructor who contracts to perform parts of the work of a project that the original contractor contacted to do.

Also known as: subcontractor agreement template, subcontractor agreement, subcontractor agreement form, sample subcontractor agreement, subcontractor agreement, subcontractor agreement construction, subcontractors insurance, insurance for subcontractors

structural analysis investigations
This is a reference to investigations that search for the effects of loads on physical structures and their components. The investigations compute a structure’s internal forces, stresses, deformations, support reactions, stability, and accelerations. The results of this analysis are then used to verify a structure’s fitness for use.

water intrusion detection & repairs
This is the process of looking for the sources of water intrusion on a property. The sources can include rain, driven rain, waste drain lines, water supply lines, appliance supply lines, windows and doors, tubs and showers, roofs, siding, etc. Because water intrusion can cause structural problems, construction defect investigators are able to find the source of the water intrusion and then repair the root of the problem in order to maintain the stability and fitness of a structure.

Also known as: water detectors, detector water, water detection, water detector, water detection alarm, water leak detector, ground water detection, water leak repair, pool leak detector, underground water leak repair, underground water leak

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Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ for San Francisco Construction Defect Investigators

Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified construction defect investigation contractor?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose a construction defect investigation contractor with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local companies who have passed the country’s most in-depth rating process. Only construction defect investigation contractors rated Highest in Quality earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most companies can’t pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporation also monitors every Diamond Certified company with ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. So you’ll feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified construction defect investigation contractor.

Q: What is a construction defect?

A: A construction defect can result from several different factors that include workmanship or inferior materials. Water leakage from windows or a faulty exterior envelope system is common examples of construction defects. A construction defect is a condition that reduces the life expectancy of one or many different building components in a commercial building or a residential home. Though some defects are obvious such as water intrusion, many are less obvious until years after the home or building was built. Any building imperfection or design fault that reduces the value of the building is a construction defect.

Q: What are some of the causes of construction defects?
A: A combination of factors can cause construction defects. These include window leaks, negligent construction, inferior materials, window product defects, defective building materials, and inferior materials.

Q: What are some of the most frequent types of construction defects?
A: There are many different types of construction defects. Some of the most common are mold, dry rot, leaks from windows, balconies, walls, and roofs, framing issues, water intrusion, foundation cracks that cause finish floor cracks, waterproofing below and above grade, and structural failure that causes stucco or drywall cracks.

Q: Who is responsible for construction defects?
A: Generally the responsibility will lay with the general contractors, developers, and the subcontractors of the residential or commercial buildings; however, there may be several responsible parties. If defective materials are used, typically the subcontractor is at fault. Manufacturers of the building components as well as the architects, designers, and other involved parties can also be held responsible for construction defects.

Q: What does the builder’s warranty really cover?
A: Every warranty is different regarding what is covered and what is not, how long the warranty lasts, and what the builder will do to fix construction problems, so be sure to read the warranty. Most warranties, however, will not address ninety percent of common construction defects.

Q: How do I prove that defect exists?
A: You will need to hire an expert-someone who has the necessary training, education and experience to give testimony as to the cause of a defect. A construction defect investigation contractor can give testimony in court as to the cause of a defect.

Q: Will the homeowners or homeowner association’s insurance company cover damages caused by construction defects?
A: Usually the answer to this question is no. The language in most owner and home owner association insurance policies excludes coverage for faulty workmanship, design, or materials.

Q: What effect does land have on a structure?
A: When a structure goes up, part of the planning must be regarding the foundation the structure will sit on. For example, if the type of soil is not considered, construction defects are bound to develop. Expansive soil needs preventative elements in order to build a stable house or the end result will be severe cracks in sidewalks, the driveway, dry walls, etc. Another effect could be that a door that originally slammed shut will no longer close all the way.

Q: What should I do if I discover a problem with the construction of my home or building?
A: The first thing that you should do is contact a construction defect investigation contractor to take a look at the problem. If it is determined that substantial repairs are necessary in order to fix the problem, you need to contact an attorney immediately before you agree to these repairs.

Q: What if my builder denies the fact that a construction defect is present?
A: First of all, do not attempt to work directly with the builder. Most companies employ defense attorney. Their job is to limit the exposure to liability on the part of their clients. For this reason you should first contact a construction defect attorney for a free case evaluation.

Q: What if a construction defect in my home creates a dangerous situation?
A: Do not place yourself or your loved ones in any harm. Take the proper steps needed to ensure the safety of anyone who could possibly be harmed by this defect. Secondly, immediately contact an attorney.

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