How to follow building codes during your renovation project

by Nancy Fuentes-Diaz 07/31/2022

When building a new home, architects need to follow strict building codes to make sure everything is built according to safety standards. It’s important for homeowners to know and understand major building codes before modifying the structure or layout of the home.

Unfortunately, code violations are common when remodeling and can result in expensive fines or unreliable construction. Here are some best practices for following building codes during a remodel:

Get a permit first

It’s crucial to obtain the right building permit before you start any construction on your home. Having a permit for your remodeling project ensures that your plans are safe and reliable. It will also make sure your improvements comply with energy-conservation measures and any building codes that might have changed since you bought your home.

Check older materials for asbestos & lead

Lead and asbestos are often present in older building materials. Because of health and safety issues, both of these substances are regulated by most state and local governments. The disposal of lead and asbestos is also carefully regulated, so make sure you’re following the rules for safely throwing away old materials.

Consider hiring an electrician

Many home improvement projects involve electrical systems or components in some way. Mistakes when doing your own electrical work can be extremely dangerous, so it’s worth it to hire a professional for help.

Some common issues include missing ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs), wrong circuit sizes and missing junction boxes. Avoid the hassle and potential danger by consulting an electrician for your project.

These are only a few best practices for adhering to building codes during construction. For every project, research any applicable local building codes to make sure you accomplish your goals safely and reliably. If you get stuck during your research, contact a professional to help you better understand the building code and what that means for you.

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