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Examples of high-cost construction defects

High-cost construction defects can often lead to lawsuits after renovation projects or new buildings. With a lot of money on the line, it's important for those on both sides to know where they stand and what legal options they have. This starts with an understanding of common high-cost defects, which could include:

-- Issues with structural integrity. These issues could come from masonry or carpentry work. At their worst, they could render a structure entirely unsafe and mean that extensive modifications are needed. An unstable foundation that is discovered only after a home is built on top of it is extremely problematic.

-- Electrical issues. These could be simple, with lights, outlets and other electrical systems not functioning properly or not working at all. However, there are real dangers and fire hazards connected to some electrical problems, which mean repairs are needed. Plus, the way that lines are run within walls means that fixing them can be costly and time-consuming.

-- Water intrusion issues. Water damages a home very quickly. It can ruin many other materials, from drywall to carpet to structural beams. It can also make the home unsafe to live in because of toxic mold.

-- Finish issues. These are typically not all that dangerous. However, defects in the finishing touches can severely reduce the homeowner's satisfaction with the property because these are things they see and deal with every day.

As you can see, many of these issues go beyond just money and are related to dangerous conditions. These defects can often spark disputes and even lawsuits as repairs are made.

Source: FIndLaw, "Types of Construction Defects," accessed March 31, 2017

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