How do I proceed in case of construction defects?
The most frequent case will be when I, as the client, notice myself that there is a defect in my building. Defects can occur in any part of the work. As soon as I, as the client, notice a defect, I must of course comment on it. In this context, it is recommended that if I have engaged experts for me anyway, such as an architect or a private construction manager, I inform them about the obvious defect.
Another possibility is that the construction manager or architect appointed by me finds defects that I, as a layman, did not recognize at all. These construction defects would then have to be recorded immediately, if possible with the help of an expert, i.e. documented. This usually requires precise protocols, measurements, possibly also the immediate involvement of an expert and photo documentation. At the same time, I ask my expert (or I do it myself) to report the construction defect to my contractual partner, i.e. the contractor, and to ask him to remedy it within a reasonable period of time. If I am unsure here, it is advisable to consult a specialised lawyer who will ensure that both the notifications are correct and the deadline is set appropriately in accordance with case law.