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New homes can exhibit different types of construction defects

One of the most exciting experiences that a Minneapolis resident can have in the world of real estate is building his own brand new home. Reviewing blueprints and interviewing builders can be nerve-wracking and fun -- seeing those two dimensional plans become a true brick and mortar representation of one's dream home is quite a fulfilling experience. A well-built home can serve a family for generations and will last for decades into the future.

However, sometimes in the process of building a new residential structure problems arise. Those problems can be based on material deficiencies, design errors or simple human mistakes. All of these issues can be grouped together into the category of construction defects.

Construction defects can result when builders fail to do their work up to professional standards or when any part of the building project -- design, planning, construction or inspection -- is flawed. They can be minor issues or major problems that require time and money to remedy. The following paragraph mentions just a few of the most common construction defects that homes often contain.

Problems with a home's foundation or masonry can jeopardize an entire building structure and can cost a lot of money to repair. Building on unstable soil can create construction defects in a project, as can failing to seal a home from water intrusion. Mechanical and electrical mistakes can cause frustrating setbacks to a construction project, and the use of bad or the wrong building materials can result in a homeowner lodging construction defect claims.

Construction defects that are significant are often classified as material, and building professionals can help individuals who suspect defects in their homes with identifying possible problems. Once a defect is detected, a real estate attorney can help a homeowner evaluate his claims to see if they might be appropriate for litigation. Construction-based litigation can help homeowners recoup losses they experience when contractors and builders make mistakes on their projects.

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