Most common new construction deficiencies

When buying a new construction home, you trust your builder to build a safe and quality structure that will shelter your family for years to come.

However, when builders, contractors or manufacturers cut corners or perform subpar work, you may discover your final product riddled with defects.

Material defects

Material defects are problems that arise due to inadequate building resources and supplies. Manufacturers are responsible for creating and delivering quality products, but sometimes they fall short. Cheap doors, thin drywall and “builder grade” fittings are common in new construction neighborhoods, especially when buyers are not paying close attention. Additionally, builders may fail to recognize material defects before using these products in your home, leading to potentially extensive and expensive repairs.

Design flaws

Errors and omissions by architects and design professionals can result in awkward or inefficient spaces in your home that may impact its comfortability as well as its resale value. Common design defects include:

  • Dated designs
  • Unnecessary walls
  • Improperly sized windows
  • Too much or not enough storage space
  • Oddly dimensioned rooms

Workmanship failures

When builders hire contractors who use subcontractors, it can be difficult to keep track of who is working on your home build. When workers fail to follow specific codes and adhere to standard processes for completing projects, the resulting structure may suffer from serious integrity issues.

When your finished house does not meet specific inspection standards, the negligence leading to the defects may constitute a breach of contract. It is important that everyone working on your home takes care to avoid these deficiencies.