Like many other Illinois residents, you may believe that purchasing a brand new home can help you avoid the issues that come with buying an older home in which one or more families has lived over the years. The problem is that even newly constructed homes can have defects. Do the problems with your new home qualify as “construction defects” for filing a claim?
Fortunately, that definition encompasses many of the problems that arise with brand new homes. In fact, it can cover subsurface, design and material deficiencies, along with construction deficiencies. For example, cracks in your foundation, faulty electrical or gaps in the window frames could all be considered construction defects. Of course, these are just three examples of what could fall into this category.
If the home’s design does not comply with current Illinois building codes, the roof could leak, water could seep into the foundation or part of your house could collapse due to inferior supports. If the materials used to build your home were not of good quality or defective in some way, you could experience issues. Of course, if the workers who built your house were not appropriate skilled and qualified to do so, your home will more than likely have issues.
This just scratches the surface of what could constitute construction defects. If you are having problems with your new home and get the run around from the builder, you may benefit from discussing the matter with an attorney who deals with construction and building defects for people in the same position you are now. You deserve to get the home that you paid for, and if you do not, you have the right to seek restitution through both monetary and non-monetary damages.
Source: FindLaw, “Types of Construction Defects“, Accessed on July 30, 2017