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Telltale signs of construction defects

When you move into a new home or undergo a renovation project, you expect the results to last a lifetime. Unfortunately, construction defects can ruin your enjoyment of your property.

Review the telltale signs of common construction defects so you can take action to preserve and restore your home.

Foundation issues

Problems with the very structure of the home can make it unsafe and unlivable. If your home’s foundation begins to shift or sink, you may notice:

  • Jammed or misaligned windows and doors
  • Uneven cabinets and counters
  • Warping on the floor, walls or ceiling
  • Cracks in the foundation
  • Water pooling in the home
  • Crumbling concrete or other water damage
  • Sagging front or back porch

Siding and roof issues

Gaps in wood or vinyl siding or other breaches in the home’s structure can result in catastrophic water damage. Look for these red flags:

  • Wavy or swollen wood siding
  • Cracks or open joints in wood trim
  • Gaps around windows, ductwork, pipes, appliances, doors and electrical fixtures
  • Leaks, water damage or discoloration on the ceiling, floors or walls

Miscellaneous issues

Other common signs of poor home construction include:

  • Malfunctioning electrical or HVAC systems
  • Uneven or cracked wood or tile flooring
  • Cracks in the drywall
  • Doors and windows sticking shut (or open)

In Alabama, you have two years to file a lawsuit after discovering a defect in your new construction home and no more than seven years after the home’s initial construction date. Because of this short timeframe, take action right away if you notice these or any other signs of poor-quality construction.