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How To Hire a Contractor

People in Nevada who plan to build homes or complete extensive remodeling projects need to be careful when they hire contractors so that they can help prevent future disputes. There are several things that people can do to find honest and reliable contractors for their building projects. Taking the time to find the best possible contractor can help to prevent costly mistakes. When people choose contractors who perform shoddy work, they might face thousands of dollars of losses to fix the construction problems. 

Plan What Is Wanted Ahead of Time

The first step in finding a good contractor is to plan. People need to figure out exactly what they want before they begin interviewing contractors. If they plan to add an addition, they might need to secure architectural drawings. The plan should include the types of materials that will be used and the budget for the project, including permitting costs. 

Ask For Referrals and Interview Contractors

People should ask their friends and family members for referrals for good contractors. They should also make sure that the contractor is licensed in Nevada and does not have a history of complaints against them. The contractor should have substantial experience and have a good reputation.  While Nevada does not legally require a contractor to carry liability insurance, it is crucial to ensure that the contractor you hire is willing to carry necessary licensing, permitting, insurance and bonding, if needed, and is willing to provide you with written proof of the same.  Contractors being interviewed should be willing to provide references from prior customers and should be willing to provide potential customers with a detailed written bid/proposal.

Your Written Contract is Key

Before a construction project begins, people should make sure that they have their agreements in writing. The written contract should include all of the agreed work and be detailed about the responsibilities of both the contractor and the homeowner. The contract should also include information about the time frame for the job and the materials that will be used.  While signing the “bid/proposal” does create a binding legal contract, we highly recommend that a more detailed contract be executed so that there are not legal ambiguities should a dispute later arise. There should also be a clause that discusses how disputes will be handled, including a prevailing party provision to allow for the recovery of attorney’s fees and costs should litigation ensue.  Also, homeowners should look out for arbitration clauses and limited warranty provisions that might strip the homeowner of rights under Nevada law. 

Taking time to plan and thoroughly investigate contractors before they are hired can help homeowners to avoid costly mistakes. Before signing any contract of substantial value, it is our recommendation to have an attorney review it so that a homeowner fully understands their rights and obligations.

What Our Clients Say

My family and I are thankful to Maddox, Segerblom and Canepa for their assistance during a three year case regarding construction defects to our home. We are truly appreciative of their knowledge, determination and assistance during this process. They were always courteous, and available to answer any and all of our concerns and questions. Thank you for the wonderful resolution. Many thanks to you and your staff.

Frances Castelli

We used Maddox, Segerblom & Canepa to represent us in a legal suit re problems in construction on new properties that we purchased from a developer.

We were very pleased with the representation provided by this law firm. They were fully communicative, responsive to our questions and were very knowledgeable about the issues that required resolution. Even after we reached a resolution, they have been responsive in making sure to point us in the right direction for help with repairs that are required.

We would recommend them to others with similar issues that require legal help.

Atam & Margo Lalchandani

Maddox, Segerblom & Canepa did a FANTASTIC job in our construction defects case. I interacted with several people from their office throughout our 2 year litigation. Their staff is friendly, knowledgeable and always prompt about getting back to you when you have questions/comments/concerns. I especially enjoyed working with Darcy, Ardea, Eva, and Sandra. Being part of a lawsuit is no fun for anyone, but if you have to be a part of one, I can’t say enough positive things about this firm!

Victoria Fox

The law firm of Maddox, Segerblom, and Canepa were amazing to work with. They were thorough and always available for any questions we had. We worked a lot with Sandy who was always professional, friendly, always on time for appointments and just a great person to represent this firm. We have never been involved in a law suit before and they made it comfortable for us. We appreciate the hard work the lawyers and people who work for the firm did and would recommend them.

Becky Loudenburg
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