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Handling a construction defect

| Feb 4, 2021 | Construction Law |

When people purchase homes or buildings in Maryland, they trust that the construction was properly completed. Most of the time, contractors, builders and others involved in the construction do their due diligence to ensure that all the work meets proper standards, whether those are safety-related or those that may impact the home’s overall value. Unfortunately, a construction defect may compromise both of those things, costing a home or property owner a significant amount of money to remedy. Here is an overview of what a construction defect is and how it may relate to construction law.

How construction defects impact owners

A construction defect happens when there is a problem in a home’s construction that lowers it’s property value. It typically happens due to the use of poor building materials and/or subpar workmanship. Some of the more common defects include mold, water leaks, improper drainage or dry rot, though there are numerous examples. They may be the fault of a general contractor, developer or anyone else who was involved in the construction of the home or building.

Whether the defect is an obvious one detected immediately or not known to an owner for several years, he or she may be able to file a claim in civil court. That may require expert analysis and testimony to the nature of the defect. If the defendant is found liable, usually the applicable insurance provider will cover the damages, which may include repair and compensation for a home’s reduction in property value. The owner may have to front the initial cost of the repairs and may have to make certain disclosures if he or she tries to sell the property before any litigation is finalized.

A construction defect should be remedied

A construction defect can cost an owner an exorbitant amount of money. If the defect is demonstrably the fault of a party involved in the construction of the property, there may be every reason to file a civil claim. A Maryland attorney who understands the various facets of construction law can help owners determine available options.

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