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Partnering With a Contractor That Understands Building Codes

15 December 2018

Our team answers homeowner questions every weekend on WCCO 830 AM from 9:00 am-10:00 am.  Have your most pressing home improvement questions answered by calling 651-989-9226 or texting 81807.  Here’s must-know information from Barry Stranz (professional & educator) who has 30+ years in the home improvement industry shared on 12.15.18. 

When you’ve done your due diligence and hired a reliable contractor, there should be minimal anxiety about the proper following of construction codes.  However, it can be a major disappointment when your contractor informs you that a sizable amount of your budget must be used to upgrade areas such as electrical or plumbing in order to bring them up to current code.  Regardless if a Minnesota remodeling project is completed by a homeowner or contractor, the project must still be done in compliance with current building codes.

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In the year 2000, newly constructed homes were required to have basement walls that were damp proofed unless the structure was built on group three soil.  Homes built on group three soil were required to have basement walls that were waterproofed. As of 2015, the Minnesota building code has been updated to stipulate that all foundations have to be waterproofed without exception.  Technicalities such as these are why it’s so imperative to partner with a contractor that treats their continuing education classes seriously.  Failure to properly adhere to building code standards will result in projects failing inspection and needing to be redone.  The MN Department of Labor has approved the next set of building code updates to be implemented in 2020.

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