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How to address construction defects and protect your interests

On Behalf of | Jan 3, 2024 | Construction Law

Imagine investing in your dream property only for cracks to appear across the walls soon after completion. Suddenly, the once-flawless structure starts showing worrisome signs of distress. It is a stark reality for many individuals who encounter construction defects that undermine the very essence of their investments. 

Construction defects come in various forms and can arise during or after construction, affecting the property’s safety, functionality and aesthetics. Some common construction defects include electrical issues, water intrusion, finishing defects and issues with the property’s structural integrity. The list goes on and on. 

Here is what you can do to address the matter if you are in such a situation.

Proper documentation is key

It helps to thoroughly document the issues with photographs, written descriptions and relevant dates. These records will serve as crucial evidence and aid in communicating the problem effectively to the responsible parties.

Notify the responsible parties

Once you have documented the defects, promptly notify the responsible parties. It could be the contractor, builder, or developer. Timely communication showcases your commitment to addressing the defects and sets the stage for resolving the issue efficiently. Most importantly, if you wait to long, you could easily go past a statute of limitations which will forever foreclose your defect claim. Of course, always keep copies of such communication for future reference.

Construction defects can result in significant financial losses and distress. Learning more about your rights and asserting them is essential in such circumstances. The law protects you from negligence or incompetence by those responsible for your construction project. 

For instance, you may have a valid claim against the responsible parties and could be entitled to compensation depending on the type and extent of the defects. That said, addressing construction defects demands swift and proactive steps. 

Seeking legal guidance for an informed assessment of your situation can help you take decisive action and safeguard your interests.