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Holding builders accountable for construction defects

On Behalf of | Aug 22, 2021 | Real Estate Disputes

Many Georgia residents dream of building homes. Unfortunately for some, when they finally get the chance, their excitement can quickly turn to dread when they find their brand new homes have issues. Sadly, construction defects are common, and many are not immediately apparent. When they are eventually noticed, is it possible to hold builders accountable? 

Common defects 

There are several common construction defects often seen in residential building projects. Some are easily fixed, while others are not and can cost homeowners a great deal of money to repair. Some of the most common construction defects seen in residential properties include: 

  • Improper electrical installation 
  • Foundation cracks or crumbling 
  • Water intrusion 
  • Use of defective materials 
  • Poor design 
  • Lack of proper insulation 

Not only can construction defects cost a fortune to remedy, but they can also harm the health of those who dwell in the residence. Many of these common defects can contribute to mold growth and fires — among other serious problems. These issues can cause long-term health problems or even death. They need to be addressed as quickly as possible. 

Legal options 

Many home builders offer warranties on their products. If construction defects are noted during the warranty period, the builder should take care of them. If the warranty has already expired when a defect becomes apparent, it may still be possible to hold a builder accountable. An experienced attorney can assist Georgia residents file legal claims against the construction companies believed responsible for their losses, assuming the statute of limitations has not run out. Through negotiation or litigation, it may be possible to get the builder to come fix the problems or offer compensation so homeowners can address the issues on their own.  

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