Renovations aren’t as easy a process as they may seem. Extensive home improvements can become hazardous when elements like treated wood, faulty wiring, improper construction, sanded dust, toxic chemicals, and similar problems are involved. If a remodeling project has taken a turn for the worse and dangerous, it’s important to follow these four tips.

Rope off the Area

If it’s clear that a remodeling project has become unsafe, it’s important to stay away from the area and encourage others to do so as well. By roping off the area and limiting exposure to the hazard, homeowners will better be able to limit the damages caused by the dangerous construction. In addition to roping off the area, homeowners should be sure to eliminate and remove anything that is airborne or that won’t otherwise be limited by a physical barrier.

Consult with a Lawyer Prior to Continuing Construction

Homeowners that are faced with hazardous construction may be tempted to take care of the situation by hiring another construction company. However, jumping into the middle of a situation like this before the initial remodeling issues are sorted out can affect who is held responsible for settling the damages and paying for the remaining construction work. By working with a lawyer, homeowners will be to hold the at-fault company responsible for the problems they caused. Moreover, working with a lawyer will allow homeowners to be compensated for the damage.

Speak with a Personal Injury Lawyer

In a situation of negligence, personal injury lawyers are essential. The next step in remedying a dangerous construction situation is to speak with a personal injury lawyer about any physical injuries caused by the renovation. These types of attorneys are experts in personal injury law and will be able to get justice for those harmed by the workmanship of the at-fault construction company.

Itemize Loss of Utilities

In the event of a remodeling gone wrong, homeowners may be unable to access their utilities. As a result of construction damage, water, gas, electricity, Wi-Fi, and similar services may be out of commission. If this is the case, it’s important to itemize this loss of utilities so the negligent construction company will be able to pay for them.

It’s unfortunate when a home renovation doesn’t go as planned. While it will take a while to sort out the mess of the construction, homeowners can do their part to mitigate the situation by following these four steps.

By Erica Buteau

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