The law firm of ALSTON & ENGELHAUPT, PLLC has represented homeowners and construction companies involved in residential construction and remodeling in Fort Bend County, Harris County, Galveston County and Brazoria County including Sugar Land, Missouri City, Stafford, Richmond, Rosenberg, Fresno, Clear Lake, League City, Webster, Friendswood, Pearland, and the Houston metropolitan area.

In residential construction and remodeling projects, a "standard" contract is often used as an agreement between the construction company and the homeowner, but as these projects are normally unique, it is not always wise or appropriate to use a standard form as conflicts often arise due to an omitted or wrongly worded phrase or statement. In some cases, the estimate is used as the contract; unless it states on the estimate that it is a legally binding document, it is not. The contractor cannot be held liable for any statements written on the estimate.

If a dispute arises between the homeowner and the contractor, refusal to pay can result in a lien being placed on your house. If you do not have adequate protection in the contract, the house can be foreclosed to pay the lien. It is therefore essential to have an attorney review the contract or draft the contract. Our attorneys are trained and experienced in this complex area of law. If you are considering remodeling or construction work on your residential property, contact us now to set up a free, no-obligation consultation.

Builders and material suppliers must also know how to protect themselves from late payment or non-payment, fluctuations in costs, etc., by including provisions in the agreement. Our experience in construction law and personal attention to detail will help ensure you are paid for your work in a timely manner. If you are a contractor and are still using a standard form, please click here to set up a no-obligation, free consultation with an attorney.

The vast majority of disputes concern the filing or the defense of a mechanic or materialman lien placed on a house by a contractor or other person who has provided labor or materials used in the construction or repair of a house or other privately owned property. Most people do not realize that a contractor performing work or supplying materials to remodel, repair or construct their home can place a lien on their home. There are a number of ways homeowners can protect themselves from unscrupulous tradesmen, provided the homeowner is aware of the danger and incorporates the relevant protection in the construction or supply agreement. Protection can be in the form of the right to withhold progress payments, penalties if the builder fails to build to code, etc. Learn how you can protect yourself when planning a construction or remodeling of your residential property. Click here to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation with an attorney now.