When you move into new construction, you expect everything to be brand-new. Unfortunately, shoddy work or poor-quality materials can result in defects that arise in the weeks and months after the builder finishes the home.
Become familiar with common defects to watch for when purchasing a new construction property.
Problems with a home’s design can compromise its structure and lead to damage. For example, a poorly designed roof may not drain water as expected, leading to leaks that cause wood rot, mold growth and other serious problems.
Homes built on a slab foundation often suffer from moisture intrusion. When water enters the foundation, it can create cracks and eventually creep into the basement and crawlspace. You may notice mold growth, poor indoor air quality or damage to your flooring. Foundation cracks can also result from a failure to appropriately prepare the home site for construction.
Many building issues stem from the use of substandard materials. These components of your home do not function as expected, whether they fail right away or after you have lived in the home for some time. Some of the most common types of inferior materials used include window framing and flashing, particleboard, drywall, asphalt roofing shingles, waterproofing membranes, and building paper.
If your home is in New Jersey, you have six years to file a lawsuit for a construction defect, starting on the date when you should have known about the defect in question. Pennsylvania homeowners have 12 years from the date the team completed building to pursue construction defect claims.