Deciding to build rather than buy an existing home means taking on a long and often frustrating construction project. North Carolina contractors may try to anticipate setbacks and delays in their contracts, but there are some issues no one can foresee. One issue of construction law that plagues homeowners and contractors alike is the claim that a new construction has defects. Major defects can be costly for both sides and often lead to litigation.
It is not always easy to spot a construction defect upon inspection of a new home. In fact, it may take considerable time before problems manifest, such as issues with poorly draining water. It is important for everyone involved to understand the basics of construction defects, including the three major categories under which most complaints fall.
A defect may be a flaw in the design of the structure, the original plans from architects and engineers. This includes those who engineer the systems of a home, such as the plumbing, electrical and HVAC. Another type of construction defectmay occur if the materials used are of poor quality. Anything defective from the shingles on the roof to the concrete in the foundation may create problems for the builders and the homeowners. Of course, the quality of the workmanship is key to a successful project.
Whether one is a homeowner dealing with the effects of a poorly designed or constructed home or a contractor faced with allegations of poor workmanship, each has a lot at stake. Many in these circumstances find it beneficial to seek the assistance of an attorney skilled in North Carolina construction law. It is especially important to have legal representation that appreciates the urgency of the situation and will work toward an efficient and effective resolution.