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What you need to know about construction defects

Construction defects situations can be extremely troubling for families and, unfortunately for homeowners, may also be complex. Because of the understandable importance of a family home, it is equally important that homeowners are well informed in circumstances when construction defects threaten the safety and integrity of their home.

Homeowners can reasonably expect that the homes will be safely constructed, secure and meet all applicable legal standards. Construction defects can include but may not be limited to: mold problems; water problems; heating or cooling system problems; electrical problems; architectural or design defects; failing foundations or cracking foundations; and structural integrity problems related to windows or flashing.

It is important for homeowners to understand that whenever a home has not been safety, securely or legally constructed, a construction defects claim may exist and homeowners may be entitled to a variety of damages depending on the circumstances. Different types of construct defects legal claims may be brought by homeowners according to the situation, including claims based on negligence, breach of contract or breach of warranty, among others. A variety of parties may be liable, and responsible for the defects, based on the unique circumstances of each situation.

To help achieve the best outcome possible when entering real estate litigation, such as a construction defects claim for damages, it is important for homeowners to have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the process. Consumers enjoy legal protections related to construction defects and the type of claim pursued will depend on the specific circumstances of the situation and goals of the homeowner with the consistent aim of ensuring the family's home is a safe and secure place to live.

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