Home remodeling, also known as property renovation, involves making changes or improvements to property. Making home improvements can refer to making improvements to commercial and business properties, in addition to making improvements to residential properties. Home improvements range from making repairs to broken fixtures to adding an addition to a building. Disputes may arise at any point during the home improvement process.
Home remodeling disputes are legal disputes that arise between contractors and property owners or property owners and mortgage companies.
Construction defects are problems with the condition of the building that reduces its value. Often, defects result when the work of the contractor or subcontractor is not up to industry standard. Types of construction defects include:
- Subsurface defects: The soil conditions make the home unstable, and the contractor failed to take precautions to remedy this problem.
- Design defects: Architects, engineers, or another type of design professional did not design the building up to code.
- Material defects: Improper or bad building materials are used to construct or repair the property.
- Construction defects: Issues such as dry rot, cracked foundations, or electrical problems occur because of poor workmanship.
Home renovation is a type of home improvement. Instead of repairing or remodeling one part of the property, the entire property receives a “makeover”. Common home renovation disputes include:
- Failure to pay for the work
- Providing substandard work
- Damaging the property instead of improving it
Yes. A home improvement loan is money that a property owner borrows from a mortgage lender for the purpose of remodeling, repairing, or adding to property. Generally home improvement loan disputes involve:
- Breach of the home improvement loan contract: The homeowner fails to fulfill the terms of the loan, such as failing to make payments on time.
- Fraud: The property owner unknowingly applies for a home improvement loan with a fraudulent company. The property owner may also provide false documents to obtain the loan.
Disputes over home improvement loans can arise at any time. Contact a real estate attorney to assist with any home improvement issues.