Building Codes Protect Your Investment
The biggest investment most people will ever make is when they buy a home. Homes represent security, a place where people will live, raise their families and share life with others. Whether you own or rent a home, following the building codes during construction or remodeling can help protect your health and safety as well as your investment.
The building codes include research from experts that help ensure every phase of the construction process is done correctly. In addition to helping make your home safe, the building codes can also help make your home more energy efficient, and conserve water and resources.
If your construction project does not comply with the codes adopted by your community, the value of your investment could be reduced. Property insurers may not cover work done without permits and inspections or your insurance premiums may become impractical to manage.If you decide to sell a home or building that has had modifications without a permit, you may be required to tear down the addition, leave it unoccupied or make costly repairs.
A property owner who can show that code requirements were strictly and consistently met––as demonstrated by a code official’s carefully maintained records––has a strong ally if something happens to trigger a potentially destructive lawsuit. Your permit also allows the code official to protect the public by reducing the potential hazards of unsafe construction and ensuring public health, safety and welfare. By following code guidelines, the completed project will meet minimum standards of safety and will be less likely to cause injury to you, your family, your friends or future owners. Plus you’ll benefit from the best energy efficient construction techniques that will continue to pay you back for the life of your home.
Invest wisely in your home or remodeling project. It’s a smart investment to build and remodel your home to the latest codes.