Serious defects in new homes often present themselves in many telltale ways. Here’s a few of them:
- Deep cracks in the basement walls. This can be a sign that the foundation was laid on a poorly compacted base or soil.
- Sagging floors or leaning walls. A sign of structural problems.
- Windows and doors that never sit well in frames or close properly.
- Cracks in interior walls. Wide cracks could signal a foundation problem. Generally though, fine cracks are cosmetic, the result of normal aging.
- Water damage. Warning signs include mold, rot, and insect infestation in exterior walls; staining, swelling and discoloration on interior walls and a musty odor. The possible causes maybe improperly installed roofing, poorly installed windows and doors etc.
- Flooding, sewer and drain backups, and switched hot and cold water. This signals improperly installed plumbing.
- Excessive heating and cooling bills. Air ducts may be leaky or improperly connected.
- Shorting or dead outlets. Electrical system may be installed incorrectly.