Q: Do I Have to Be Concerned with Building Codes and Permits

A:  Depending on how your contract is written with the home improvement professional, either you or the contractor will be responsible for securing government approval to perform most remodeling jobs.  Building codes set minimum public-safety standards for such things as building design and construction.  Codes vary from one state, county, city, and town to the next, but specialized codes generally exist for plumbing, electricity, and fire.  Each usually involves separate inspections and inspectors.  In addition, permits are generally required when any structural work is planned or the basic living space of a home is altered.  They generally cover new construction, repairs, alterations, demolition, and additions to a structure.  Some jurisdictions require permits to be posted in a visible spot on the premises while the work is being done.  Besides structural changes, permits also may be needed to cover the installation of foundations for tanks and equipment, as well as the construction or demolition of ducts, sprinkler systems, or standpipe systems. 

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Ask An Agent! New Construction

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Ask the Plumber: How to Conduct a DIY Leak Test

Did you know more than one trillion gallons of water leak from homes across America each year?*

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Q: What Is Universal Design and How Does It Relate to Remodeling?

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How to Hire a Mover

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

How to Hire a Mover

Moving from one home to another is an arduous task; hiring a mover for the job may be even more challenging. But before you decide to forgo the services of a professional, consider the following:

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