Avoiding Pitfalls with Home Remodeling Contractors (Part 2)


The content below is a transcript from the home remodeling panel discussion at the Motion Picture and Television Relief Fund’s conference Deal With It: A Women’s Conference, held in Los Angeles, Ca on August 5, 2018:

If you are having some work done by a contractor in your house and something goes missing, what do you suggest a homeowner do?

I’m not sure if there is really a good answer to that question because unless you have proof, then it would be difficult to accuse anyone. Nowadays everyone has a video camera in their house, so it’s possible that you may have proof. But in the absence of evidence, you will find yourself in a “He Said/She Said” situation and you are kind of stuck with that.
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Avoiding Pitfalls with Home Remodeling Contractors (Part 1)

The content below is a transcript from the home remodeling panel discussion at the Motion Picture and Television Relief Fund’s conference Deal With It: A Women’s Conference, held in Los Angeles, Ca on August 5, 2018:

When you have your budget for a remodel, how can you make sure all your materials are included in the price?

It can be tricky. First, you want to make sure that your contract is very detailed. There are very few general contractors out there that will truly provide what I consider a detailed contract that actually describes what you are going to get. For example, if you are going to get cabinetry for your remodel, the contract should specify:

  • Type/Material
  • Color
  • Hinges
  • The contract should specify this and other details of your cabinetry down to the nth detail.

    Another way to avoid potential pitfalls with a home remodeling contractor (more…)

    Make Sure Your Agreements Are in Writing

    Real Estate Attorney in Woodland HillsA recent California Court of Appeals decision once again demonstrated how important it is to always get your agreements in writing.  While the decision was in the context of a real estate broker’s claim for a commission, the basic principle can be applied to all agreements.

    In its decision which was issued on December 1, 2016, the California Court of Appeal reiterated the long-standing rule in California that a real estate broker’s claim for commission is not enforceable unless the agreement to pay that commission is in writing.  In the case that was before the Court,  the buyers told their broker friend that they were looking for a home.  Being a good friend, he agreed to assist and represent them in their search for which he was to be paid a commission.  Being “friends”, they did not bother to put that agreement in writing.  The broker found a home for the Buyers and made two offers on  their behalf.  The Seller made counteroffers, at which point the Buyers then asked their attorney, also a broker, to assist them.  Their attorney then made an offer on their behalf for the same property, which was accepted.  When his claim for a commission was rejected, the original broker sued for his $925,000.00 commission. (more…)

    What To Do in a Heated Negotiation

    Event: ProVisors Panel on Negotiation
    Venue: Calabasas Country Club
    Location: Calabasas, Los Angeles, Ca
    Speaker: Attorney Douglas Schreiber of Anker, Hymes & Schreiber, LLP

    Business Attorney Doug Schreiber of Anker, Hymes and Schreiber, LLP answers the question of what to do when things get heated in a negotiation.

    Transcription:

    Mediator: What do you do in a contentious situation? This sounds like everybody’s having a great time and you can figure out must haves, and you can walk away. What do you when it’s contentious?

    Attorney Doug Schreiber: That happens a lot. You try to backup and find some form of agreement.   If it’s a situation where you are arguing over an amount of money, maybe you back away from the amount and talk potential about terms. (more…)

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