BOULDER, CO, Oct 28, 2016—If you're planning to build a new home or add onto your existing property, you may wonder if you should pay mind to building codes. What are they, and why are they in place?
According to Phil Boren, Broker Associate of RE/MAX of Boulder, Inc., you should always pay mind to codes. Here, Boren breaks down why.
“Building codes set minimum public-safety standards for such things as building design, construction, use and occupancy, and maintenance,” explains Boren. The codes are established and enforced by local politicians and government officials, who also tend to modify them constantly. The codes are usually enforced by denying permits, occupancy certificates, and by imposing fines.
“While codes vary from one state, county, city and town to the next, specialized codes generally exist for plumbing, electricity and fire,” says Boren. “Each usually involves separate inspections and inspectors.”
There are building codes for most remodeling jobs as well. If you’ve tackled significant remodeling projects, make sure you save proof of the permits involved in the project. “If you ever choose to sell, there’s a good chance potential buyers may request them,” explains Boren.
Failure to obtain the appropriate permits before you undertake a project could later result in fines or other serious consequences, such as having a structure ordered to be torn down because it was constructed improperly.
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Phil Boren is a 26-year veteran real estate Broker and Realtor, specializing in consulting with buyers and sellers in Boulder, CO and along the Front Range of Northern Colorado. Held Real Estate Broker's license in Texas, California and Colorado; Managing Broker for over 200 agents and Brokers for Century 21 and RE/MAX franchises. Award-winning Realtor with experience in management, sales, marketing, relocation, appraisal, REO, BPO's, foreclosures, short sales; previously held the MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute. Experienced in both residential and commercial real estate and achieved the No. 14 individual ranking in the 5-state, Mt. States Region for RE/MAX International in 2001, based on sales volume. Received my BSBA in Finance and Real Estate from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where he was a 4-year starter and 4-year football letterman for Hall-of-Fame coach, Lou Holtz.