If you're taking on a construction project, such as building a new home, you hope that everything goes as planned from beginning to end. Unfortunately, this doesn't always happen, as a variety of construction defects can get in the way.
Generally speaking, there are four categories of construction defects:
- Design defects: This comes into play when an engineer or architect makes an error when designing the building or key component. For example, a flawed roof design could result in interior and/or exterior water damage.
- Material defects: A material defect is related to the use of a damaged or defective building material. For example, the use of "Chinese drywall" affected hundreds of thousands of people in the early 2000s.
- Construction defects: Related to poor quality workmanship, you may require the help of a home inspector to better understand what went wrong. Common types of construction defects include damaged electrical wires and improper installation of a plumbing system.
- Operational defects: Until your construction project is finished, it's the responsibility of the builder to maintain the structure. Neglecting to do so can result in damage to the home, thus causing problems in the future.
What should you do about a construction defect?
If you notice a construction defect, the first thing you should do is discuss it with the builder. Bringing it to their attention may be all it takes to resolve the issue. Most builders are more than willing to work with you to take care of any issues, as putting you off will cause more harm than good.
If your builder isn't interested in assisting you, it's time to learn more about your legal rights in Florida. Review your contract, document what's gone wrong and continue to collect evidence leading up to your day in court.
As you learn more about your legal rights and the laws that are in place, you'll better understand what to do next.
Any type of construction defect can result in additional complications, such as disputes over payments and breach of contract. Rather than let these issues pile up, it's best to take action as soon as you realize there's a problem.
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