Houston Residential Construction Defects Lawyer
When you’ve come to the point in your life when you are ready to build the home you’ve always dreamed of—your own unique design, customized to be yours and yours alone— you want it to be perfect. Or reasonably close. So discovering that the quality of construction of your high-end home is poor and being plagued with problems resulting from construction defects—well, that is at the very least disappointing.
Worse than disappointment, however, is the fact that you may be suffering from respiratory or neurological problems at the same time the value of your new home is declining, as leaks, water intrusion, mold growth, sinking, cracking, and other problems come to light. You may not have been aware of the defects on the day you did your walk-through and took title, but as the weeks go by, you come to realize that your new home is not all it should be, and that what may be your largest single investment is losing value.
Who is Liable for Your Home’s Construction Defects?
A residential building contractor has a legal responsibility to construct a home in accordance with building codes and industry standards—a home where the owner and family can enjoy a lifestyle that meets with their reasonable expectations, in good health, and in keeping with the home’s expected value, while feeling confident that their investment is secure. When you enter into a contract to build a new home, or purchase one that has been newly constructed, you have every right to expect that it will serve you well for many years, and that your investment will appreciate with time.
A serious construction defect can stand in the way of these reasonable expectations, and when defects occur, it is the duty of the builder or developer, or in some cases the manufacturer of defective materials, to repair any problems, remediate damage that results, and compensate you for economic and quality-of-life losses that you and your family members have suffered.
Common Types of Home Construction Defects
Construction defects came in various forms and produce various problems for homeowners. These are some examples of common construction defects that can cause serious repercussions and incur large remediation costs:
- Water leaks impairing the integrity of the structure and encouraging toxic mold growth
- Inappropriate site selection or preparation
- Improper window and door installation
- Improperly applied stucco or other exterior cladding
- Poorly installed roofing
- Mold growth from water intrusion that can result in serious health problems
- Architectural design errors that threaten the safety of the structure
- Lack of structural support
- Sinking and cracking of the foundation
- Warping of floors
- Cracking and crumbing of walls
- Faulty plumbing, electric, or HVAC systems
What to Do When Your New Home Suffers from Construction Defects
If you are fortunate enough to have purchased your home from a reputable developer or builder who wants to preserve his good name, you may be able to solve the problem by simply reporting the problem to the responsible party. It is often a good idea to back your claim with a report from a licensed building inspector. In all too many cases, however, once the money is in the bank and the builder has moved on to a new project, it is difficult or impossible to obtain satisfaction. In these cases, you need a good construction defect attorney to represent your interests.
Don’t wait until the situation becomes worse. You are entitled to enjoy your home in which you have invested so much. Take action, starting today, by contacting the Houston law offices of Ernest Freeman for the skilled, knowledgeable, and client-focused attention your case deserves.
Why Choose The Freeman Law Firm?
At The Freeman Law Firm, our attorneys have decades of experience in helping new home owners resolve disputes with builders over faulty construction. In a large majority of cases, we are able to compel the builder to make repairs and to compensate you for the damages to your health, home value, and quality of life that his or her negligence has caused.
We are focused, aggressive, and resourceful in our advocacy of each of our clients, and have a very high rate of success—about 98 percent—in achieving positive outcomes for those we represent. We are often able to negotiate a resolution without your having to go to court. If a solution cannot be worked out in our initial negotiations with the builder, the next step is usually mediation or arbitration.
In some cases, it is necessary to turn to the court system, however. We are always fully prepared to make a persuasive case at trial. Meticulous preparation and access to respected construction industry experts who will testify on your behalf helps to ensure the best outcome the law and the circumstances of your case allow.
Contact a Houston Residential Construction Defects Attorney Today
If you have built or purchased a new luxury home with construction defects in the Houston, Texas, area, or anywhere throughout Southeastern Texas and the nearby Gulf region, you can find the legal assistance you need by contacting The Freeman Law Firm today.