Areas of Law
Bruce C. Phillips Attorney At Law offers skilled, qualified representation in many areas of the law. With our tried and true team on your side, you can feel confident we’ll champion for your rights. We concentrate in personal injury, auto accidents, civil litigation, and construction law. Check out this list to learn more about our areas of practice.
- Construction Litigation
- Personal Injury
- Auto Accidents
- Slips and Fall Cases
- Real Estate Litigation and Disputes
- Property Issues
- Homeowner vs. Realtor
- Purchaser vs. Seller
- Contract Disputes
- Construction Law Attorney
- Landlord Tenant
Contact us today. We look forward to assisting you with our expert team of attorneys.
Tips For Working with a Contractor
Helpful guidelines for working with a building contractor:
- Before hiring a contractor, be sure to have a clear vision of what your remodel will look like. Having to stop and rethink the project may end up costing more and delay completion.
- Do your own research. Talk to homeowners who have used the contractor you intend to hire.
- Investigate the contractor’s history with the Better Business Bureau and the Virginia Department of Occupational & Professional Regulation (http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/dporweb/dpormainwelcome.cfm), the state agency that regulates contractors. You can determine whether the contractor is, in fact, licensed to do the anticipated work and also whether there have been complaints made against the contractor in the past.
- Be sure there is an adequate contract that details the work to be done, the materials to be used and the timeframe for completion.
- The contract should provide for periodic payments upon completion of each phase of the work. A significant payment due on completion of the job gives the contractor additional incentive to complete the work. It is a good idea to have this contract reviewed by an attorney before you sign it.
- Get two or more estimates for the work. You do not, however, necessarily want to accept the lowest bid.
- Stay on top of your projected budget as the remodel progresses. You want to avoid hearing about overages after the job has been completed.
- Work with your contractor to come up with a timeframe for completing the work that is realistic. You want to allow moderate flexibility. Surprises could be discovered along the way that neither you nor the contractor could have foreseen.
- Be confident in the choice of contractor you have chosen so you will not be tempted to micromanage. If your contractor feels the need to get constant approval, it will slow the project. Additionally, a hovering homeowner who is too often in the way could cause stress and tension that will erode the rapport you have established with your contractor.