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Steps to take when you find flaws in your newly built home

On Behalf of | May 28, 2024 | Real Estate Litigation |

Discovering flaws in your newly built home can be a frustrating and stressful experience. As a homeowner in Georgia, you have certain rights and remedies available to address these issues, ensuring your home meets the standards you expected.

Addressing these problems involves understanding your legal rights and knowing what to do to ensure they get corrected.

Document the issues

First, document all the flaws you find in your home. Take clear photographs and write detailed descriptions of each problem. This record will be important when discussing the issues with the builder or a home inspector.

Review your warranty

Next, review the warranty provided by the builder. Most new homes come with a warranty that covers certain defects for a specified period. Knowing what the coverage includes and its duration can help you determine the best course of action.

Contact the builder

After reviewing the warranty, contact your builder to report the issues. Provide them with the documentation you have collected. Most builders will want to resolve problems to maintain their reputation and customer satisfaction.

Hire a home inspector

If the builder does not respond or the issues persist, hire a licensed home inspector. An inspector can provide an unbiased assessment of the defects. This professional opinion can support your claims and help you understand the extent of the problems.

File a complaint

If the builder refuses to fix the issues, file a complaint with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. This agency oversees residential construction and can intervene in disputes between homeowners and builders. Provide them with all your documentation and the home inspector’s report.

Consider mediation

Mediation can be an effective way to resolve disputes without going to court. A neutral third party will help facilitate a resolution between you and the builder. This process is usually faster and less expensive than litigation.

Take legal action

As a last resort, consider taking legal action against the builder if all other options fail. Make sure to gather all your documentation, including photos, reports and communications with the builder.

When you find flaws in your newly built home, take immediate action to correct them. This will help you to maintain the value of your home and guarantee a secure, comfortable living environment.