Buying a home is one of the most significant and costly purchases people make in their lifetimes. Having something go wrong after the purchase can be financially and emotionally devastating. While sellers are required to disclose known defects, this doesn’t always happen. And some serious problems with a home may not be evident until after closing when a new owner will be faced with unanticipated costs and inconvenience. Here are some of the most common costs and challenges of repairing home defects.
Costs and Challenges of Repairing Home Defects
Many home inspections will uncover construction defects. However, some of these issues may not be revealed until later. Some of the most common home defects that arise and their challenges include:
In a repair survey it was discovered that foundation issues were the most common issue found in home inspections, which are indicated by doors requiring adjusting. The average cost of foundation repair is about $4,500, but repairs can reach the tens of thousands.
Water intrusion is another common issue that can be caused by poor grading, foundation issues, or other problems. These repair costs can vary depending on the cause and extent of the damage.
Faulty Electrical Systems
Many older homes don’t have electrical systems that are up to code. But that’s not necessarily a construction defect. If a new home isn’t wired correctly and lacks GFCI protection, it can create a fire hazard and leave the homeowner facing thousands in repair costs.
When a home’s plumbing system isn’t designed or installed correctly, it can cause problems for years to come. Because plumbing is inside the walls and under the flooring, the cost and inconvenience of diagnosing and repairing these issues can be significant.
Poorly Installed Insulation
When a home’s insulation is insufficient or poorly installed, it can strain the HVAC system and cause other problems with airflow. Depending on the area of the home, adding insulation can be a quick fix or incredibly costly.
Doors and Windows
Some homes end up with doors and windows that were never installed properly. Not only does this create a cosmetic issue, but it can also lead to water intrusion and make the home less energy efficient. Repairing this might involve replacing all of the items.
You may think to talk to your home insurance provider to see if you have coverage that may take care of these defects. But keep in mind that if these issues were caused by defective materials or negligence on the part of a designer or contractor, you may have a right to legal recourse. A construction defect attorney can review your situation and explain your options.
Wear & Tear vs. Home Defect — What’s the Difference?
A construction defect is the result of a flaw in the design, materials, or workmanship of the home. Examples include a foundation that wasn’t laid out or poured correctly, faulty plumbing fixtures, electrical wiring that isn’t up to code, or water intrusion due to bad grading.
Wear and tear is simply the natural result of material use and aging, such as leaking seals around older windows or a roof that has reached the end of its useful life. While you have the right to pursue legal remedies from negligent designers, contractors, or material manufacturers, this would not be the case with normal wear and tear.
Speak With an Experienced Construction Defect Lawyer in South Carolina or Nevada
If you’re currently dealing with a construction defect issue, you need knowledgeable representation. Clarkson McAlonis & O’Connor, P.C. dedicates a significant portion of its practice to construction defect litigation.
Our experienced attorneys can review your situation and outline your options. We represent property owners and businesses in a wide range of construction defect matters throughout South Carolina and Nevada. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.