You’ve wanted to be a homeowner for as long as you can remember. The opportunity arose, so you purchased a home in your local area. It needed repairs, so you hired contractors to come in and do the construction. Now, you’re not sure if that was a good idea. After much of the work has been done, you’ve felt that it wasn’t done as well as it should have been.
You’re not wrong to be concerned. Construction errors can lead to costly repairs down the line. So, what should you be looking out for?
- Gaps and cracks
Whether the team is installing new flooring or is putting up siding, there should not be unsightly gaps and cracks. Not only do they look bad, but they could also leave the area open to damage. If there are gaps that you don’t like, tell the contractors to take another look.
- Drainage problems
Inside or out, you want water to be taken away from your home so that it doesn’t cause mold or water damage. If your water drains are not directing water away from your foundation, that’s a big red flag. Tell the contractors that you need them to make repairs because that water could lead to real structural issues.
- Cracks in tiling
Cracks are never a good sign. Cracks can be caused by the house shifting, movement of soil and water, damage to the foundation or other issues. If you see fractures in your bathroom tiles, floor tiles or elsewhere, make sure you address them. Fix those cracks right away. If this is a new construction project, bring the problem to the attention of the contractor.
It’s expensive to complete repairs on a home, so you want to make sure they’re done right. If you start seeing problems when the construction team is working, say something. This is your home and your money, so you should be in charge of the project. If there are construction defects or issues with the materials being used, then the construction team should be looking into obtaining alternatives. If they don’t work with you and defects remain, then you may have a claim.