Here in South Carolina, many homebuyers purchase their homes directly from developers before the home’s foundation is even laid. They sign a contract to ensure the home that is built meets the standards and specifications outlined – but builders don’t always uphold their end of the deal.
If the homebuyer notices a defect once construction is complete, the builder has 30 days to correct their mistake. They may either make repairs or provide the funds to do so. If the builder doesn’t respond to the homeowner’s written request within the 30-day window, or denies their claim, the homeowner can proceed with legal action.
Due to the intricate nature of construction law, it’s important to have a South Carolina home construction attorney on your side. It’s also important to be aware of the length of your home’s warranty – and the specific part of the home covered. For instance, your HVAC system may come with a 2-year warranty, while structural defects are covered for 10 years.
“Implied warranties” also exist under South Carolina law and may extend beyond the length of your warranty. This means that you may have grounds to sue your home builder even if the warranty in your contract has expired. Call David Taylor Law to confirm if you have a case.
Some defects are glaringly obvious, while others take longer to become evident. Some common construction defects include the following:
- New home foundation issues (cracks, etc)
- Roofs leaks
- Faulty framing
- Doors and windows that don’t open/close or seal properly
- Plumbing issues
- Stair step cracks
- Horizontal cracks
- Inadequate drainage
- Overlooked painting
- Improper installation of HVAC system, appliances, etc.
If you’re experiencing issues with your new home, you may be eligible for damages to compensate for the cost of repairs. The home construction attorneys at David Taylor Law are licensed in South Carolina to handle your case and to fight for the damages you’re entitled to.
You deserve to have the home of your dreams – the home that the developer promised before you inked your contract. Whether your home’s construction defect requires a major repair or a simple fix, our team will hold the builder accountable.
We’re eager to learn more about your case and to get an attorney-client relationship formed. Start by completing our online form!