People who have a construction project completed generally assume that the work was done properly. While this is what happens in many cases, there are times when contractors may not use the correct materials or suitable workmanship.
Clients who have issues with the materials or workmanship in a build may opt to pursue a legal claim. This enables them to get the financial backing to correct the defects. Many people don’t realize how far-reaching construction defect claims can be.
Why do construction defects lead to legal claims?
The basic premise of construction defect claims is that the contractor didn’t do what you paid them to do. This is why it’s important to get a contract when you’re having any construction work done. The document should clearly spell out your agreement, including what will happen if you don’t get what you were promised for your money.
Things like shoddy workmanship, inferior materials, faulty drainage, issues with site planning and similar matters can all lead to legal claims. In some cases, the problems are so critical that the building can’t be used until they’re fixed. This is much less serious than issues that are a nuisance or that didn’t meet the cosmetic expectations of the project.
Anyone who’s unhappy with the quality of a construction project should review their contract to find out their options for correcting the defects. Working with someone who’s familiar with construction projects can help you to learn how to handle these matters. Remember that you can’t wait too long because of time limits that apply to these cases.