4 Common building defects

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4 Common building defects

On Behalf of | Dec 20, 2022 | real estate transactions

It can be exciting to buy a home, especially for the first time. However, not all properties you find on the market are new. Most of them have owners who may have occupied the homes for a long time. As a result, the properties may have defects. But this is also possible in new buildings due to substandard construction.

Sellers are required to disclose certain details about their homes, including defects, yet some don’t. Thus, it will help to identify some. Here are four common building defects.

Flooring issues

You should be alarmed if a floor is uneven or damaged. This is especially common with wooden floors. Flooring issues are caused by water damage, poor construction and improper floor maintenance.

Cracks in the foundation

Several issues can lead to foundation cracks. They include shoddy construction, inadequate drainage systems, plumbing leaks, temperature changes, expansive soils and tree roots. These cracks can lead to roof problems, windows and doors getting stuck, excess moisture in the house and mold.

Cracks in the wall

Cracks in the wall occur due to foundation damage, water damage, tree roots and weather changes. Construction mistakes and degradation of building materials over time can also result in gaps in a wall.

Faulty electrical wiring

Negligence and human error can lead to faulty electrical wiring in a building. Common signs of this defect are dimming or flickering lights, sparking, hot outlets, damaged wiring, very few outlets and too many extension cords. The existing owner should have noticed such signs and acted accordingly. But if they didn’t, they need to inform you of it.

Building defects are costly as you will need to repair them. Therefore, sellers need to disclose flaws for a buyer to make informed decisions. If you discover an undisclosed or concealed defect after purchasing a home, consider the best options for your case.     

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