Answers to questions about construction defects

Problems with construction defects can feel overwhelming and bring up a variety of concerns and costs. A construction defect is a condition in a home that can reduce the value of the home and create problems for homeowners which is why they should understand how to protect themselves.

Construction defects can be immediately obvious or may not be discovered until later which is referred to as a latent defect. Construction defects can be caused by a variety of reasons including poor workmanship or inferior construction materials. Construction defects can arise because of improper analysis or preparation of the soil; problems with the construction site selection or planning of the project; problems with the civil or structural engineering; negligent construction; or defective building materials.

The most common types of construction defects include mold; water intrusion; landscaping and soils problems; faulty drainage; problems with the foundation, floor, wall or roof; dry rot; structural failures; problems with the heating or electrical systems; or electrical problems. Construction litigation can help homeowners facing the challenges of construction defects recover damages for the construction defects. Damages can include the cost or repair and the value of the decline in value of the home occasioned by the construction defects, among other possible damages depending on the circumstances.

There are important time limits associated with filing a claim for damages for construction defects and complexities associated with a construction defects claim as well. As a result, homeowners facing the challenges associated with construction defects should be familiar with the legal protections available to them.

FindLaw Network
FindLaw Network