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Could a new home suffer construction defects?

On Behalf of | Mar 29, 2021 | Construction Defects

Purchasing a newly built home is the dream of many people. Texas is a big state, and there are many remarkable new developments available for sale. Unfortunately, not all new homes turn out as impressive as promised. Some come with costly construction defects that turn a house into the residential version of a lemon car. Would-be buyers need to be aware of the more common construction defects found in many new homes.

Looking out for common defects

Older homes, ones sold “as is,” likely require some work. However, buyers expect a newly constructed property to be in “mint” condition. Yet, a home could suffer from a leaky roof. Perhaps the roof is missing flashing necessary to prevent leaks, a terrible oversight a construction team might make.

The house could suffer from structural issues, problems that might not even be the builder’s fault. A home could settle in such a way that it suffers from an uneven floor. The foundation may crack due to settling, which might lead to a disastrous outcome.

Lot drainage issues could hurt the foundation as well. Drainage troubles could occur in the basement, crawlspace and elsewhere.

Other problems with home construction

A contractor could hire several subcontractors to handle work on the home. Sometimes, managerial oversight may suffer. Those running electrical wiring, installing windows or performing other work may ruin the job. Imagine if the HVAC company hired to install central heating and cooling did a poor job. A home could be uninhabitable.

A ripple effect of problems may then occur. A building inspector could fail the house, leaving the new owners in a challenging position. Some may consider taking legal action.

Injured parties could file a lawsuit over construction defects. Not only might the buyer sue, but a contractor may also sue a subcontractor. Those interested in pursuing civil actions could find it necessary to consult with an attorney.