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Protecting yourself against construction defects

Building a home or purchasing a new construction home is an exciting time for your Washington family. However, the process of building or buying is a complex and major financial and legal step, and you would be wise to know how to protect your interests in case complications arise, such as construction defects.

It is not unusual for there to be small errors or issues with a newly constructed home. However, there is a big difference between a simple fix and a major complication that compromises your investment and the integrity of the home. As the homeowner, it is prudent to know how to react and how you can protect your interests if you find yourself in this situation.

What kind of issues can affect me?

It can be difficult to know if the issues you notice in your home are normal issues that can arise or signs of major problems. Some of the most common construction defects that may catch your attention include the following:

  • Indications that there are problems with the foundation
  • Issues with draining and water retention on the property
  • Unstable carpentry or masonry work
  • Problems with electricity
  • Moisture and mold problems

Many of these problems are the responsibility of the builder to repair. However, some of them can be expensive, and it can be difficult to get the appropriate party to effectively resolve the issue. You should not have to bear the financial burden of the builder's or contractor's mistake.

There are many reasons why shoddy construction happens. Your construction project may be affected by cheap building materials, problems with the design of the home, issues with the actual subsurface and more. Regardless of the issue, you may find it useful to seek a legal opinion regarding your rights and how to deal the construction defects once and for all so you can live in your home safely and peacefully.

Know how to protect yourself

Whether it is a problem with the design, construction, finishing or supervision of your home, you do not have to deal with construction defects on your own. When the builder, contractor, architect or other party involved with the building of your home fails to take proper care and fulfill his or her duties, resulting in a serious defect, you have rights.

These situations are not easy to navigate, and you may be unsure of how you can protect yourself when dealing with construction law issues. One of the first steps you can take is simply to reach out for appropriate guidance to seek an evaluation of your case.

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