When you hire a contractor or business to construct a building for you or update an existing one, you expect them to meet certain standards. After all, a building is only as good as the materials, design and workmanship that goes into it.
Unfortunately, construction defects are a common issue that can impact the value of a building or even its livability after work is completed. If you are unhappy with the final results of a recent home building or repair project, does that mean that you have grounds to file a construction defect lawsuit?
You need to be able to show proof of an issue to file a claim
Simply being unhappy with the final result is not usually grounds for initiating civil litigation against a professional or their company. You will need to prove that the company breached its contract with you or that their work shows clear signs of construction defects.
Construction defects usually fall into one of three categories. There could be design issues, such as a company failing to arrange proper drainage around a construction site. There could be workmanship issues, such as workers failing to properly seal connections in a building’s plumbing. There could also be material issues, perhaps caused by a company trying to use the cheapest items possible.
You will need to show proof of discrepancies between what you contracted the company for and what they produced or between the final building and the building code. Provided that your claim meets these criteria, you may be able to initiate civil litigation against a contractor who cut corners or did a shoddy job on your recent project.