If you have recently purchased (or are thinking of purchasing) a new home, you expect that everything will be perfect. After all, something brand new and never lived-in should be spotless and without defects, right? Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. Here’s what you need to know about new construction and what you can do if there are construction defects.
What is New Construction?
As a homebuyer, you can purchase a new construction home in several ways. You might buy a home in an established community that is being developed by a homebuilder. You pick out your lot, choose a floor plan, and then select design options. The developer will put your home on the schedule and begin building.
Some of those same communities have what are called “spec homes,” which are new construction homes already built and ready for sale. You can choose the one you want, buy it, and move in. You might be able to upgrade a few design features. But most of them are move-in ready.
Another option is to buy vacant land on your own and find your own builder. Either you can hire an architect and engineer to design your floor plan or choose one the builder already has. The custom homebuilder will build the home to your specifications on your land.
Construction Defects With New Homes
The home design and building process seems straightforward, but it’s actually quite complex. Every piece of property is different, and the quality of materials can vary. Unfortunately, many homeowners discover that their homes aren’t as perfect as they had hoped. Construction defects can take several forms:
- Design deficiencies — These typically involve code violations during construction or poor overall design.
- Construction deficiencies — These exist when a property isn’t constructed in a reasonable workmanlike manner with respect to roofs, electricity, plumbing, paint, and more.
- Material deficiencies — These exist when defective or inferior products are used in the construction of a home.
- Subsurface deficiencies — These defects happen when poor planning, workmanship, or knowledge of local conditions leads to cracked foundations or inadequate draining.
Fortunately, many homes come with a builder’s warranty. However, there are likely many exclusions, and you may face pushback if you try to make a claim for construction defects. If you believe something isn’t right with your new home, it’s a good idea to speak with a knowledgeable attorney.
Contact a Skilled Construction Defect Lawyer in Nevada or South Carolina
If you believe there are construction defects in your new home, you may be able to pursue legal remedies and collect compensation. The Clarkson Law Group, P.C. has devoted a significant portion of its practice to construction defect litigation. We assist clients using fast and affordable alternative dispute resolution methods but aren’t afraid to take your case to court when it makes sense.
How you approach a construction defect case can make a difference in your outcome. We recommend that you contact us as soon as possible so we can learn more about your situation and craft a strategy to achieve the most positive outcome possible. We represent clients in Nevada and South Carolina. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.