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Dealing with cosmetic construction defects in new builds

When you have a new home built for your family, you may have a picture in your mind of exactly how you expect your home to look. By idealizing the project, you may feel disappointed when you see the finished product. Perhaps your builder did not install the exact faucet you asked for or maybe a door is hanging in an uneven manner.

Cosmetic construction defects can be an area of extreme conflict between buyers and builders. Often, the two parties disagree on whether it is a defect at all. Complicating the situation, the contractor may not be required to fix the perceived defect. Examples of cosmetic defects in new builds include:

  • Small visible cracks
  • Visible carpet seams
  • Uneven doors
  • Window scratches
  • Sagging counters

One of the best ways to approach cosmetic construction defects is to remain calm and pleasant when you deal with the contractor. In many cases, this approach works much better than anger or lashing out at the builder. When you treat your builder with respect, you have a good chance of getting any cosmetic flaws or defects repaired.

We also believe it is a good idea to arrange a private inspection of your new home after completion. This will reveal any cosmetic or structural construction defects for you to discuss with your contractor. Without a proper inspection, you may not know about potentially costly defects in time to have the contractor address them.

Finally, we feel that you will benefit from legal guidance before, during and after construction. A lawyer can provide you with advice about contractors and inspections as well as helping you though any potential legal issues that arise. Please learn more about Florida construction law by exploring our website.

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