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Beware these common construction defects

Building or renovating your home can be a source of great anxiety and frustration. Even seemingly simple projects can get delayed, require changes or winding up costing you much more than you expected. Despite all the obstacles that arise, the hope is that eventually, it will all be done and you can finally enjoy the home you want.

Unfortunately, you could be in for some more unwelcome surprises if there are construction defects that compromise the safety and stability of your home. Below, we will look at some common construction defects and what you can do about them.

Defects that affect the structural integrity and stability of your home can be particularly worrisome, and they may require the most work to repair. This might include use of expansive soils, unstable foundations and problems with the concrete or supports inside your home.

Defects involving windows, insulation and moisture protection can expose you to harmful materials that are supposed to be kept outside. If there are cracks, leaks or gaps that allow things like wind, rain and ice to get inside, not only could your heating and cooling rates skyrocket, you could be exposed to things like toxic mold.

Your health and the quality of your home can also be compromised by poor workmanship and materials. This can lead to wood rot, pest infestation, crumbling foundation and problems that compromise your home's plumbing and electrical work.

Your home should be a place where you feel safe, happy and comfortable. If a construction defect has jeopardized that, you can take action.

Filing a legal claim citing construction defects can do a few things. It can result in compensation for damages; it can force a construction company to fix the problems at their own expense; it can also terminate a contract you may have with a company so that you can find someone else to complete the work properly.

The best solution for you will depend on when the defect is discovered and what type of defect it is, so speaking with an attorney as soon as possible will be critical.

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