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Who is responsible for construction defects in new homes?

The idea of buying a brand new home (or having one built) is attractive to a lot of people. After all, you don't have to worry about hidden problems, worn-out fixtures or the unexpected repairs that crop up in older homes -- or, so you think.

The rush to new construction in many areas, including Arizona, sometimes leads to shoddy workmanship, the use of poor materials and other construction defects that can turn a brand new home into anyone's definition of a nightmare property.

If your new home purchase turned out to be a lemon in disguise, who is responsible for the financial losses and other damages you incur? Here are some possibilities:

  • The engineer -- If your new home required an engineer's services to study the ground quality or choose the right spot for placement and that was done incorrectly, the engineer responsible may be liable for your losses.
  • The architect -- If the problems with your home go back to basic flaws in the design, the architect responsible likely bears the ultimate liability.
  • The general contractor -- In many cases, general contractors can be held responsible for construction defects because they are ultimately expected to take charge of a new home project and supervise its construction, including the work of subcontractors.
  • The suppliers -- If your problems involve poor quality materials and you didn't get what you paid for, the supplier of those materials may be held liable for your costs.
  • The subcontractors -- Just because the general contractor was in charge, that doesn't mean that the subcontractors are off the hook for their negligence.

If your dream of a beautiful new home turned into a nightmare of epic proportions, find out more about how you can legally recover from this negative experience.

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