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What are some common construction defects in Miami?

Many Miami residents save up for years to purchase the home of their dreams. Maybe it's a multi-million dollar mansion or a smaller home that they plan to expand upon later. Whatever the case, nothing spoils a happy moment like construction defects. These defects can seriously decrease your home's value, making it difficult or even impossible to sell later on down the road. In addition, these defects may not be apparent right away, so you may not notice them until years or even decades later. Read on to learn more about the various types of defects and how construction litigation can help you recover compensation for damages.

There are various types of defects that can be found in a home of any age - even brand-new construction. Homes can experience serious issues such as dry rot. Minor cracks are typically not very concerning, but major ones in the floor, roof or walls are often more than just cosmetic blemishes and can affect the home's entire structure. Poor landscaping can cause the home to not be level or even sink into the ground. Heating, electrical and water issues can cause fires, flood damage and more.

These issues may be caused by the contractor, subcontractor, engineer or material supplier. Causes may include defective materials, improper planning and poor site preparation. Sometimes contractors are on strict deadlines to complete various phases of houses and this lead to negligence and costly mistakes.

If a defect is discovered, the contractor can usually be given an opportunity to fix it. If he refuses to do so, then it is often wise to file a claim. Research may be required to prove the construction defect, identify its cause and agree on a solution to fix it; an experienced construction litigation attorney can help tremendously in this regard. The homeowner may be able to sue to recover the home's lost value, among other damages.

Source: FindLaw, "Construction Defect FAQs," accessed July 4, 2015

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