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What counts as a construction defect?

When you invest a significant amount of money into a home renovation or reconstruction, you are investing in what is likely to be your most valuable financial asset. It is natural that you will have certain expectations and standards that you want to be fulfilled. When these expectations fall short, you will of course feel angry and as though you have been short-changed. This dissatisfaction with the end-result of a construction project is not uncommon. But what counts as a defect under the law and how do you know if you have grounds to make a claim?

What are construction defects?

Construction defects can be minor or serious. A construction defect could count as a frustrating case of peeling paint, badly filled tiles or damp within the walls that mean that a building has to be completely demolished. If your home is less-than-perfect once it has been completed, it is likely that you would be able to file some type of claim to recoup the cost of what it will take to fix the defects.

What are the limitations to making a claim?

There are, however, time limits on how long you have between the time that you discovered the defect and the time that you must make a claim. Many defects do not become apparent until years after the construction. Generally, claims are only possible within 10 years of the initial construction of your home. If you discover a significant construction defect in your home, you should take action immediately if you plan on making a claim, so that time does not run out.

Source: FindLaw, "Construction defects," Oct. 26, 2017

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