You expect that a person you hire to do a construction project will do the job properly. While most contractors will handle things appropriately so they meet customer needs, some jobs will have defects.
Construction defects can negatively impact your ability to use the structure that’s built. In some cases, the project might have to be fully redone. If there’s an issue with the contractor, the client has no reason to have to cover the cost of redoing everything.
1. Design defects
Defects in design can include everything from incorrect measurements being used in a way that makes all or part of the project unable to be used to omissions of required elements. Some of these might be easy to correct, but the onus falls on the contractor to make it right.
2. Workmanship defects
Contractors should ensure that all work is done up to code and using proper techniques. Defects in workmanship can result from the actions of the contractor or subcontractor to save time or money on a project.
3. Material defects
Contractors must use the proper materials for projects. Using subpar materials can lead to serious defects. While it’s possible that the contractor didn’t realize the materials were up to standards, they should be careful to ensure they’re always using what’s necessary for a project.
Understanding your rights when you’re dealing with a construction defect is crucial. One of the most important things to do when you learn of a defect is to review the contract to determine what types of actions you can take. Some contracts have limits to what you can do. Having someone knowledgeable review the situation may be beneficial.