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What can you do if you find a defect in your new home?

Your new house in beautiful North Carolina is finally complete, and you're ready to move in. This is the moment of your dreams--taking possession of a brand new, freshly built family home. Everything is perfect, or so you believe, until you notice moisture on your walls or a sagging floor. It looks like some kind of defect has occurred to mar your experience.

This is a tale told by many residents in the Winston-Salem region. Since you have just spent a large sum of money on your home, repairing the defect at your expense is out of the question. Besides, you didn't cause the defect so why should you cover its repair? You shouldn't pay for someone else's mistake, and fortunately, you don't have to, according to the latest construction laws.

The options at your disposal in the wake of construction defects include the following.

  • Talk with your contractor to see if he or she will repair the problem without any legal action.
  • Have an attorney review your contract to discover if you have grounds to sue for a breach of contract under the state construction law guidelines.
  • If negligence is a factor, speak with your lawyer about the possibility of filing a negligence lawsuit against one or more involved contractors.

In most cases, contractors who care about their reputations never allow construction defects to happen on purpose. As such, it is in the best interests of all parties to find a solution as quickly as possible. Your attorney can help you accomplish your goals quickly and efficiently, especially when all parties want a fast resolution.

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