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When a construction defect leads to litigation

Many people enjoy the process of scouring South Florida to find the perfect home for their families. It can be exciting to see the different floorplans and amenities that the wide variety of homes that are for sale on the local market can offer. However, there are others who take a different approach when they are in the market for a new home: they have it built according to their own designs.

Having a home built offers buyers the chance to plan out every detail of their new home. Financial resources are obviously part of the equation, but many homebuilders can offer a unique spin on some classic floorplans, allowing the homebuyers their own special flair for their new home. But, what happens if, after the construction is complete and the new buyer has moved in, a problem with the construction of the new home becomes evident?

Construction defects are the cause of quite a few real estate disputes. After all, a new homebuyer will expect the builder to take every care to construct the home in a structurally sound and appropriate way. When it becomes evident that this was not the approach, litigation could be a path toward forcing the homebuilder to correct the problem.

But, when it comes to potential litigation based on a construction defect, there is one thing our readers should remember: timing can be crucial. After it becomes apparent that a construction defect is present and there is no excuse for the issue, the homeowner will usually need to take action as soon as possible. There are timeframes which cannot be exceeded in order for the litigation to even get started.

Source: FindLaw, "Construction Defect Basics," Accessed Sep. 26, 2015

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