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Can you sue the contractor if home renovations go awry?

On Behalf of | Oct 17, 2022 | blog, civil litigation | 0 comments

Renovating your home in Kentucky can breathe new life into the space and help you repurpose what you have. However, this process might backfire if you wind up with a careless contractor who performs shoddy work.

Ongoing repairs and invasive problems can be discouraging at best. You may consider taking legal action against the contractor who started it all.

Statute of limitations

While the short answer is yes, you can sue the general contractor, there is often a statute of limitations in cases like these. A legal professional can help you estimate an appropriate time to file a claim, but your request should never exceed six months after the completion of your home renovations.

To make sure you do not accidentally surpass the allotted time in which you can legally file a lawsuit, take a proactive approach to analyzing your home after construction. Inspect all of the workmanship. Test faucets. Pay attention to plumbing components. Monitor electrical function. Paying attention to the details can help you catch critical problems before it is too late.

Evidence of your claims

Prior to taking legal action against a former contractor, you will also need evidence of your claims. According to House Logic, throughout the project, maintain a project journal. Document discussions with your contractor, as well as product order numbers, delivery dates and quality of workmanship. Include photos before construction, during and after.

Your decision to thoroughly document the process might provide irrefutable evidence if you experience ongoing problems after construction. A home renovation is not for the faint of heart, and you will most likely encounter some bumps along the way. However, you should never lose value or comfort in your home because of poor workmanship from someone you hired, trusted and paid to improve your space.

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