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How to avoid problems with construction defects in a new home

When choosing a house to buy, many things must be taken into consideration. For many people, a house is a part of a long-term vision of a family growing safely and securely together through the years. So when you are able to take the plunge and make this important purchase, it is vital that the structure of your house is stable.

Achieving the happiness you desire can become profoundly difficult if the house turns out to have hidden defects. There are a myriad defects that could cause you grief and expense. If your home is not properly waterproofed, you could find yourself being flooded. Poorly installed electrical wiring or plumbing could be not only inconvenient, but extremely dangerous.

Even a brand new home can be plagued by hidden defects. But there are some things you can do to help ensure that the home you buy is a home you will enjoy living in.

First, look into the reputation of the builder. Also, make a check of the home with an independent inspector. The inspector should have no affiliation with the builder. The best time to perform an inspection is prior to the finishes having been installed because defects will be easier to spot.

You need to thoroughly go over the home’s warranty. That warranty may be the only protection you have against any hidden defects as they may not be covered by your homeowners insurance.

Even if you take these steps prior to buying a new home, you still may discover defects after you move in. If this happens, you should report them to your builder immediately. Hopefully the builder will honor your warranty and make the necessary repairs or reparations.

However, if the builder refuses to uphold his or her obligations, you may want to seek legal representation to settle the dispute. A Florida attorney with knowledge of how to analyze construction defects cases may be able to help get the responsible parties to fix what’s wrong and cover your losses.

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