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5 Reasons Your Remodel in 2023 Should Be Done Up to CodeIt is common for homeowners to look for ways to increase the efficiency of a home improvement project, lowering the cost or accelerating the timeline. While we can all agree that we would like our home renovation to take place as quickly as possible and for as small an investment as possible, these priorities alone can lead to major issues down the road.

One temptation when you are prioritizing speed and budget can be to ignore local building codes. Some contractors will be willing to do this, though a licensed and insured contractor with a good reputation will not. We are committed to doing the job right, even if that means it costs a little more or takes a little longer. In nearly every case, you will end up saving time and money later, and you can count on other benefits as well. Contact us any time to learn more about why we have such glowing reviews from our previous clients and our commitment to getting the job done right.

If you are wondering why it’s important to complete your home remodel up to code, here are 5 reasons to keep in mind.

1. Safety

While building codes can seem like overkill or unnecessary red tape to some people, they are ultimately designed for the safety of the community. Licensed professionals create these guidelines based on best practice to ensure the safety of your family and minimize risk or injury or accidents in the home.

Codes dictate specific requirements for structural integrity, electrical systems, plumbing, fire safety, and other essential elements of a building. By following these codes, you can ensure that your remodeled space is safe for occupancy and reduces potential hazards.

2. Resale value

When you decide to sell your home, you want your remodel to have boosted the property value, not taken away from it. Compliance with building codes can positively impact the resale value of your property. Prospective buyers will consider the quality and safety of a home when making purchasing decisions, and likely will reconsider buying the home if the inspection report reveals renovations that were not done up to code.

A remodel that adheres to building codes demonstrates that the work has been done with care, attention to detail, and consideration for safety. It provides peace of mind to buyers, as they know they are acquiring a property that meets or exceeds established standards.

3. Insurance

It is common for insurance companies to require proof of compliance with building codes to extend coverage. In the event of a claim related to your remodeling project, your insurance provider will likely investigate whether the work was done in accordance with the applicable codes, and non-compliance could result in denial of coverage or limited compensation. By following building codes, you can ensure that your remodel is eligible for insurance coverage.

4. Legal requirements

Building codes are typically enforced by local and state authorities. Non-compliance with building codes can result in legal issues, fines, or penalties. When undertaking a remodeling project, it is essential to obtain the necessary permits and ensure that the work is completed according to the applicable codes and regulations. Failure to do so may lead to complications when selling the property or issues with insurance coverage.

5. Future modifications

Compliance with building codes makes it easier to facilitate future modifications or additions to your home. When future remodeling or renovation projects arise, having a solid foundation of code-compliant work makes it easier to build upon and modify existing structures. It ensures that the underlying systems, such as electrical and plumbing, are designed and installed properly, allowing for seamless integration of new features.

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