Finding out that a newly built construction project has a defect can cause significant problems for both the developer and the purchaser. It can result in disputes over who’s responsible for carrying out remediation work. Such disputes have the potential to bring ongoing construction projects to a halt.
There are many different issues that can constitute a construction defect and they vary in severity as well as their related expenses and difficulty to rectify.
Design deficiencies usually occur as the result of an error in the way an architect has designed a building or other project. This kind of error can result in issues such as poor drainage or water leakage through the roof of the property and can be costly to put right, especially if fixing the issue requires additional building work.
Deficiency of materials
These are caused by using ineffective or inappropriate building materials as the property is being constructed. As a result, it means that a particular part of the building doesn’t work as it should. Examples may include using drywall that is not appropriate for a space that’s frequently exposed to water, such as a bathroom or laundry room.
These are generally the result of poor-quality workmanship. They may manifest as plumbing leaks, electrical issues and water getting into the building through improperly fitted windows and doors. Depending on the issues in question, construction deficiencies can be relatively minor in nature or they can cause significant damage that impacts the value of an affected property.
Construction defect claims are often best tackled with the assistance of a legal professional who has experience in this area of law. Finding out your legal rights is key when you’re trying to protect your interests under potentially complex circumstances. Working with a legal professional can help you to achieve this aim.