Finding Defects in Newly Constructed Troy Michigan Real Estate Homes

Posted in Troy Michigan Real Estate by Michigan Real Estate Expert on March 19th, 2009

According to the Better Business Bureau, contractor problems are one of the most common consumer complaints.  With those kinds of statistics, buying a newly constructed Troy Michigan real estate home calls for a knowledgeable individual.  Here are a few things you can do to make sure your contractor  doesn’t end up as your complaint:

Know What Your Warranties Cover

There are two types of warranties.  One is called an express warranty, and is given to you by the contractor.  Usually, this warranty lasts between one to ten years, with one year being the most common.  It covers everything from cosmetic flaws to serious defects.

The second type of warranty varies depending on the state you live in.  It’s an implied warranty that states the residence has to be habitable.  To have your defect covered by this warranty, you have to be able to prove that it’s a health or safety hazard. 

Have warranty questions?  I’m in a unique position as a licensed Troy Michigan real estate broker and lawyer, to assist you with all facets of purchasing your new home.  And, I’ll keep you from making a mistake that could cost you thousands.

Find Real Defects

If you spot a defect, you need to find out whether it’s an acceptable imperfection or a real defect.  For instance, small cracks in the interior of new Troy Michigan homes for sale are normal defects.  The only cracks that need to be repaired are those longer than 3/16 of an inch, according to the National Association of Home Builders’® performance guidelines.  In addition, hammer marks or nail pops only count if you can see them from more than six feet away.

Document Everything

Once you find a real defect, document everything.  Take photos and make detailed notes.  You may want to hire an independent inspector or structural engineer to give your house a full examination.

Buying new Troy Michigan real estate can be enjoyable when you work with a REALTOR® like me who has the knowledge and experience to guide you through the homebuying process.  Call me today at 248-514-2640 or email me at now.

Lee Morof
RE/MAX Showcase Homes
Birmingham, Michigan
Call:  248-514-2640

1 Comment »

  1. RaiulBaztepo said,

    March 28, 2009 @ 10:22 pm

    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language 😉
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

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