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Cantor’s Corner: Importance of Building Inspections

Gregg CantorPresented by Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel

by Gregg Cantor Resident Pro, The Approved Home Pro Show 

President, Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel

With all the home improvement going on right now, today I wanted to talk about the importance of  building inspection.

For the safety of your family and also to protect the investment in your home, you should always have work inspected and approved by your local building department. The city building official’s job is to make sure the code is followed on major remodeling projects or even if you are just replacing equipment like water heaters, furnaces, appliances, or adding solar. Besides making sure your home is safe, the building inspector plays a part in protecting your investment by enforcing sound building practices.

Following the building code and obtaining inspector’s sign off protects life safety, and home improvement contractors are held accountable to abide by the California Building Code, where safety is the highest priority.

Chances are, any trade that is willing to complete work without a permit does not care about the building code, which puts you at risk and can impact you negatively when selling your home. The homeowner, contractor, inspection partnership is very important to the success of any home improvement project.