Building your own home is part of the American dream, but when your dream home has a major construction defect, it can become somewhat of a nightmare. Defects in construction are not just disappointing—they also lower the value of your home, which is particularly unnerving after you’ve sunk a lot of money into it to begin with. Some defects may even make your home unsafe for occupancy. A construction defect claim can help you recoup your losses and hold the responsible party accountable for your damages. Our Tacoma construction defect attorney can help you weigh your legal options and determine the best course of action in remedying the situation.
A construction defect is, as the name suggests, a defect in your home’s construction that detracts from your enjoyment of your living space. Some construction defects are noticeable right away—patent defects—that can be easily discovered either by you or a home inspector. Others are more difficult to ascertain because they don’t crop up right away but are caused by a defect in construction, even if they take several years to become apparent to a home inspector. These are known as latent defects. Construction defects can arise from:
Defects in construction can result in colossal damage, especially those defects that go unseen for extensive periods of time. Because not all construction defects are noticeable immediately, it can complicate the question of liability and lead to liability disputes when the problem is unearthed. Most lawsuits are based on breach of contract, negligence and strict liability. If the builder provides a warranty, then you may be able to sue under the premise of breach of warranty.
Because the statute of limitations in Washington limits the amount of time you have to bring a construction defect claim, be sure to discuss your situation with your attorney as soon as possible after discovering the defect. Arrange a no-obligation consultation with our Tacoma construction defect attorney now.