Do I have a claim against my home builder?
Question Details: We recently discovered 6 months after moving into our newly constructed home that the builder failed to install smoke detectors on the main floor of the home. How did this pass inspection? Do we have a claim?
You do not have a viable claim. Smoke detectors are very inexpensive items which can be picked up a Home Depot or the equivalent and quickly "installed" by the homeowner. While the builder should have put in the detectors, and the home should not have received a certificate of occupancy without them, in a lawsuit, you can only sue for the loss or costs you incur. Given how inexpensive smoke detectors are, you'd spend more time and money on the lawsuit than it is worth.
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