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5 common problems with new home construction

Many homeowners opt to build instead of buy. There are numerous reasons for doing so: You have greater flexibility in selecting the perfect location. You can shape your home exactly to your liking. And you don't have to deal with the maintenance issues that often come up in older properties.

However, new homes sometimes come with a whole new set of problems. What starts out as a dream home may soon turn into a nightmare when one problem after another demands your attention and drains your resources.

The following are some of the most common problems involving new home construction:

  1. Water issues: Water is one of the most damaging threats to any construction, new or old. Homeowners may run into serious problems relating to sloping, drainage, mold, water pooling in the yard, inadequate gutter drainage, deficient plumbing, window leaks and even improperly installed faucets. Some of these issues - such as the faucets - are relatively easy to fix, while others may involve significant time and expense to address.
  2. Roofing issues: Apart from structural soundness, a good roof is one of the most critical elements of any home. When a roof sags or leaks, it puts your entire home at risk. Problems can arise from lack of supports, improper lumber size, poor installation or defective materials, among other causes.
  3. Structural issues: Nothing strikes fear in the heart of a homeowner like structural problems. Ranging from buckling walls to cracks in the foundation, these issues can spring from any number of underlying problems, most of which should have been addressed before the house was built or early on in the process.
  4. Flooring issues: Tile, carpet, vinyl, hardwood - any type of flooring can cause problems if it's improperly installed. Rotting, buckling, sagging, cracking, shrinking, shifting or bubbling can turn your beautiful new floors into an eyesore as well as a hazard.
  5. Defective or subpar materials: To a large extent, your home is only as well-built as the materials it's made of. Substandard materials - including siding, roofing, flooring, cement, lumber and piping - can contribute to countless problems.

So what can you do if you're facing one of these issues? Fortunately, the law doesn't leave homeowners without recourse. Through a construction defect claim, you may be able to recoup your losses and place responsibility where it belongs.

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