Undated (WXOW) - Follow the rules or risk paying the price. That's especially true when planning a home improvement project.
Any new renovation work must meet current code at the time it is performed. Code violations often involve electrical, plumbing or structural issues that pose some sort of safety hazard.
Ignoring a code violation could be an expensive mistake
"If you ignore code violations in your home you might find that you face financial fines as well as legal ramifications, said Angie Hicks, Angie's List. "It's really important that you bring things up to code when you discover it."
Many contractors offer code violation inspections and correction work. You can also contact your local code enforcement agency if you are unsure whether you have an issue.
If something is code when you put it in and then code changes, you don't have to bring it up to code, though it might still be a good idea to from a safety standpoint. Also, many homeowners' insurance policies won't cover damage or loss to an area that is found to not be up to the current code, if that area is supposed to be, so read your policy and talk to your agent.
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