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The Lowdown on Liens-Don't pay twice for your building project

Legal Disclaimer/Important notice to readers: The following overview of construction liens is presented as general information only. It is not legal advice, that is, the application of law to an individual’s specific circumstance. Because lien law is a complicated area of law that varies with each state, and because the following information is not a complete analysis and ... More »
Researching your potential contractor is important because you want to hire the best person for your job. In addition to confirming that the contractor meets the state's requirements for contracting (such as possessing needed licenses and insurance), it is also important that he or she meet certain standards of personal integrity. This is especially important when there are ... More »
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Wrapping It Up-Building Is Fun But Moving In Is Best

The final phase of construction is exciting even though there is a lot to do. The plumbing, electrical, and mechanical systems must be operational with their fixtures in place. Flooring and trim must be installed. On the exterior, landscaping is planted but only after the lot has been graded to shed water away from the house. When you build a house, there are many steps. But ... More »
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Rough In-The Building Systems

Kia explains how plumbing, electric and air is installed in a new house. Even a remodel or a building addition will require these systems.

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Constructing the Shell-The Building Blocks

Once the foundation is poured, it is time to build the exterior walls and roof. This shell must withstand forces such as strong wind. Concrete, steel, and wood are popular building materials that meet this requirement. Building additions must also be stable and securely attached to an existing home.

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Due to the country’s ailing economy, many people are working more hours for less pay. In addition, the workplace atmosphere can be tense and laced with uncertainty. With corporate cutbacks the norm, it is easy to feel pressured to perform. Now weekends are routinely sacrificed to ensure stellar performance at the workplace.

But sometimes you should say ... More »
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Weatherizing & Roofing-Keeping Your Building Dry

Kia shows techniques used to weatherize your home. Insulation, for example, slows the conduction of heat while house wrap helps stop the moisture in air from entering your home. Roofing products, such as roofing felt, flashing, and shingles, also keep moisture out. When you spend money to build a house, make sure you protect it from damage.

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Foundation Work-When You Build A House, You Better Get This Right

Before the foundation can be poured, several important tasks must first be performed. The footer must be excavated and the rough utilites, such as electric, water, and gas, must be placed. The soil is treated for termites and covered with plastic so that moisture does not enter the house. Then the concrete is poured and screeded, floated, and troweled to a smooth and level ... More »
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