Building codes are the rules and regulations that govern everything from lumbar spans to the clearance in the front of a toilet. Most people would like to make home improvements by themselves as a way to save money. The problem is you may be violating codes set out by the local council that are there to make sure your building, property and house is safe. The end result could cost you especially when you are trying to sell your property or house and an inspector spots these violations which could lower your selling price. So instead of doing it yourself here’s why you should consider a contractor to make sure you home is up to code.
As busy homeowners you would not know all the codes that you need to comply with and thus you would unintentionally not get the right permits. A contractor would know exactly what is needed in order to ensure whatever amendments you want to make to the house is in compliance with the codes.
A private building surveyor Melbourne would be alarmed if the position of the smoke detectors impeded the safety of the occupants. Smoke detectors are necessary in all rooms, kitchens and bedrooms and they need to be 4 inches away from the wall. They also need to be 4to 12 inches from the intersection of the wall and ceiling. This is to ensure that the detectors work at maximum capacity.
You may have successfully wired up a new outlet during a renovation but during a building inspection Point Cook the inspector’s spots that the electrical connections aren’t made inside an approved junction box. The junction box is used for every electrical connection and it is easier to locate and repair any problems that may arise.
It is important that your houses handrails needs to end with a 90-degree turn and dead-end into the wall for safety reasons. If the ends of the handrails are open it could easily snag a purse strap or any loose clothing and on a set of stairs that could lead to an accident.
Improper Bathroom Venting
Having a good ventilation system in the bathroom can help you avoid mould growth and rotten wood. These codes stipulate that you would want your fan to expel humid bathroom air to the outside through a vent pipe and it would be best if it took the shortest possible route to maximise efficiency. Code violations can land you in trouble and it could either cost you selling your house for a profit or it could hurt you financially to make sure your property is up to code. So, if you would like to avoid this problem a contractor would help sort problems like the one’s highlighted above.