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How to examine a building for construction defects

On Behalf of | Mar 28, 2024 | Real Estate |

When you invest in a building, you expect it to be free of major flaws. However, the reality is that there may be plenty. Construction companies sometimes perform subpar work, leaving the purchaser to deal with the repairs.

Builders responsible for shoddy workmanship should be the ones to foot these bills. Making them pay up requires identifying issues as early as possible.

Inspecting the exterior

Start the examination by walking around the building’s perimeter. Look for evidence of water damage, such as mold. Check the foundation for cracks that could indicate settling or structural issues. Finish by grabbing a ladder and peeking at the roof for missing shingles or damaged flashing, thin pieces of metal that direct water away so it does not seep inside.

Checking the interior

Next, head inside to scan every room for signs of trouble. If water stains exist, it might suggest pipe leaks or plumbing worries. Test all windows and doors to ensure they open and close properly, as misalignment can be a sign of foundational or framing problems. Keep your eyes open for fissures in walls or ceilings, especially around windows and doorframes.

Hiring a professional inspector

If you suspect your building has significant defects, consider paying a professional inspector to perform an assessment. One with proper qualifications will have the skills to identify concerns that would be otherwise difficult to detect. Beyond that, a detailed report can be invaluable when addressing frustrations with the builder or if you need proof during a trial.

Construction defects are unacceptable to anyone, as they inherently affect a location’s safety and value. Unless the party responsible for complications is willing to fix them, the proper response may be taking the builder to court.

Founding Partners Damaso W. Saavedra and Allyson D. Goodwin