Best practices for following building codes during your remodel

by Renee Marie Jordan 09/11/2022

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.

About the Author
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Renee Marie Jordan

Renee Marie Jordan is a Third Generation Realtor®, who started out her career in residential lending. Jordan Real Estate was established by her grandmother, Jean Kotwitz, who was one of the first female real estate brokers in Solano County! The company was then passed down to her mother, Diane Jordan, over 40 years ago. Renee Marie then took over the company 24 years ago and in 2015 joined forces with RE/MAX Gold.   

Regarded as one of Northern California’s most dependable brokers, Renee Marie has gained industry respect for creating a successful brokerage company. Renee Marie’s unique blend of negotiating expertise, innovative thinking and belief that the client always comes first, has resulted in an extensive client base with many satisfied homeowners. Renee Marie specializes in residential sales, first time buyers, short sale properties, luxury properties, investment properties, foreclosures, 1031 exchanges, and has been the HUD specialist for Solano County since 2009.   

Renee Marie gets to the heart of her clients wants and needs. She attributes a great deal of her success to the many referrals she receives from clients who appreciate the care and thoughtfulness she puts into every transaction. Friends and family members can count on the same excellent service when they are referred to Renee Marie.