Whenever homeowners need a residential window replacement or a home remodel, some tend to think that a DIY is the best route to take. After all, a DIY not only allows them to apply what they learned from books or the internet but it can help them save money as well. While there’s nothing wrong with wanting to apply what you’ve learned, the truth is that a DIY home remodel actually leaves a lot of room for mistakes, especially in regards to building codes.
Here are the building code violations that can happen when you DIY a home remodel:
Improper Fence Height Requirements
Fences are a good way of establishing privacy for your home. The problem is if you DIY it, you might make the building code violation of making your fence too tall in pursuit of said privacy. This can lead to conflicts with both your neighbors and your local authorities, which can result in you having to tear your fence down. With that in mind, be sure to avoid this and hire a pro to get the job done instead.
Not Adding an Egress Window to the Basement
If you have plans of converting your basement into a bedroom, you need to include an egress window installation to your plans as local building codes require this to classify your basement as a bedroom. Unfortunately, some DIY homeowners tend to forget about this or the window they install doesn’t meet the 20 inches wide and 24 inches high requirement for an egress window. If you have plans of selling your home in the future, this can hurt your chances of finding a buyer.
Failing to Secure a Permit
A common building code violation that DIY homeowners tend to make is failing to secure a permit before they start the remodeling project. Once that happens, it renders your entire work a code violation and can even result in hefty fines if this fact comes to light when you’re selling your home. Thankfully, if you skip the DIY and hire a home improvement contractor instead, you won’t have to worry about this as they will secure the permits needed before they even start working.
Balusters That are Too Far Apart
If you have a second floor deck and you intend to install the balusters on your own, a common building code violation that you may commit is spacing your balusters too far apart. This can be hazardous if you have small children in your home. With that in mind, be sure to hire a contractor to properly install the balusters of your deck to avoid any building code violations or future mishaps.
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