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Did someone handling a remodel in your home do bad work?

Your home is one of your most valuable possessions. Substantial amounts of your income go toward paying for your mortgage, and you have to invest in its maintenance and upkeep. However, you make all of these payments and investments because you know that your home can continue to accrue value over time, meaning that you can sell it for a profit eventually.

Arranging for remodels or upgrades to your home systems, such as the installation of new floors or windows, can drastically increase the overall value of your home as well as your enjoyment of it while you live there. However, the benefit you may receive from investments in updating or maintaining your home will relate directly to the quality of the work performed and the materials the contractors use.

Unfortunately, there are some housing contractors who cut corners with projects, sometimes doing shoddy work or using cut-rate materials instead of the premium supplies you believe you paid for. If a contractor has done a terrible job on your home, you may be able to bring a claim against them for construction defects or breach of contract.

When can you bring a claim related to construction defects?

The action you can take against a contractor will relate to your circumstances. Did the materials they used for the renovation or remodel fail, leaving you with a ceiling that fell in or plumbing that needed to be replaced? Did they install cheap, low-grade wood flooring instead of the high-quality solid wood you paid for? Did they do such mediocre work that the flooring began peeling up or the paint bubbled the first time the humidity went up in your home?

If there is a serious issue with the work performed that impacts the overall livability or value of your home and you can prove it is due to either shoddy workmanship or bad materials, you may have a claim for construction defects. It may be possible to recoup what you paid for the bad work, as well as what it will cost to repair it properly.

Sometimes, the issue relates to a contractual obligation

Whether you signed a physical contract, communicated expectations via email or had a verbal agreement with your contractor, if their work doesn't meet your expectations, you may be able to pursue reimbursement via a breach-of-contract lawsuit.

Using materials different than what you agreed on or paid for, or failing to complete a project could be examples of breach of contract. The more specific your expectations in the contract, the easier it will be to prove that the contractor failed to uphold their end of the agreement. You can hold contractors who don't do their job properly accountable for their poor workmanship, in many cases.

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