Construction defects can diminish the value of the property owner’s property. As a result, property owners should be familiar with the legal remedies available to help them when their property is impacted by construction defects.
There are different types of construction defects but they generally fall into several categories including subsurface deficiencies, design deficiencies, materials deficiencies and construction deficiencies. Construction defects can be related to expansive soils; water intrusion which can result in molds; thermal and moisture protection; structural integrity; the mechanical or electrical components of the building; doors, windows or other glass; and the finishes.
For homeowners or other property owners, it can be frustrating dealing with construction defects. Legal remedies can help property owners recover compensation for their damages. This can include monetary damages for the diminution in value of the home or property because of the construction defects or the costs of repair to repair the property. Engineers, construction contractors and others may all be liable to compensate home and property owners for construction defects depending on the circumstances.
Construction defects that result from failures in the design, planning, supervision, construction or observation of construction of the home or building may create legal liability for a construction contractor or others who failed to construct the building in a reasonably workmanlike manner for the intended use of the home or building. It is important for home and property owners wondering what to do about construction defects to be aware that there are legal protections, including construction litigation, available to help them.