When you purchase a brand-new home, you expect everything to be perfect. After all, modern construction should be durable and last for generations.
Unfortunately, sometimes defective construction can impact your enjoyment of the property. Consider taking legal action if you notice these signs of a problem with your new home’s structure.
Siding and window issues
In homes with wood siding, signs of water damage include swollen board edges and ends, waviness, or uneven boards. Check for cracks and open joints between the wood trim and window and door openings. Inside the home, you may notice moisture on the interior walls around doorways and windowsills.
If your home has a stucco exterior, flaking and hairline cracks may indicate an application problem. Gaps around windows and doors can also indicate water intrusion with this type of construction. With either stucco or wood, be aware of cracks between the wall of the house and the structure’s deck or patio.
Problems with the frame and roof
Your roof protects the interior of your home, but will be ineffective if damaged or improperly installed. Homeowners should look for water damage and leaks in the attic as well as on ceilings and walls. However, never walk on the roof, which can be dangerous and potentially void the warranty from the builder. Contact a professional home inspector if you see moisture leaks in a new home.
Doors may not open and close correctly when framing and installation issues exist. Drywall cracks may also indicate issues with framing.
Foundation and flooring issues
Cracks in the home’s concrete structures may indicate a problem with the foundation, soil or ground. Examine retaining walls, garage floors, driveways, patios and other areas for signs of damage.
Inside the home, curling, discolored, yellowed or stained linoleum or carpet signify moisture leaks at the ground level. Be aware of cracks and uneven spaces if you have wood or tile flooring.
Homeowners in Georgia have legal recourse for new construction defects under the state’s Right to Repair Act. Under this law, the contractor can offer to fix the defect or provide a monetary settlement.