Contractors Should Review Statutory Warranties

The St. Paul Pioneer Press recently released an article discussing expected home sales this Spring. According to the report, despite the shortage of inventory currently on the market, buyers are still being selective, and specifically making inspections part of their offers. As Summer draws nearer and home sellers are preparing to place their homes on the market, it can be expected that homeowners will hire contractors to fix up their homes so that they can increase the value of their homes, and at the very least, pass the home inspections.

As a homeowner or as a home improvement contractor, it is important to remember that Minnesota law provides statutory warranties for the work performed on the home:

– For work involving major structural changes or additions to the home, the contractor must provide a one-year warranty from defects caused by faulty workmanship and defective materials due to noncompliance with building standards. The contractor must also provide a ten-year warranty from major construction defects due to noncompliance with building standards.

– If the work involves plumbing, electrical, or heating or cooling systems, the contract must provide a two-year warranty from defects caused by faulty workmanship and defective materials due to noncompliance with building standards.

As a contractor, it is important to remember that these warranties can be extended if you return to a client’s home to perform repair work. It is also important to remember there certain notice requirements must be met in order for homeowners to benefit from these warranties. Please be sure to review Minnesota’ s notice requirements provided in Minn.Stat. 327A, or seek the advice of counsel if you have received any homeowner complaints or if a homeowner has requested that you repair earlier work.

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