Quarve Contracting
Monday 12 September 2016

Home Improvement Jobs That Can Cause an Inspection Headache

Posted by at 9:00 AM

Are you thinking about tackling a home improvement project on your own?  Many Minnesota homeowners do.  There are so many around the Minneapolis area now into the job of do-it-yourself projects around their homes. With so many events like home shows that demonstrate just how easy it is to do the job yourself and to obtain the necessary tools, some homeowners believe it's possible to take cheaper shortcuts and get the job done without having to hire a professional for them. However, these shortcuts have sometimes fallen short when it comes to safety and passing inspections done by Minnesota building inspectors.  Even something that seems as relatively simple as putting up a deck can lead to a major headache. With a host of issues, such as water problems, electricity shorts and other safety hazards; here are some of the biggest concerns that inspectors have found in their journeys.
  • Walls That Haven’t Been Moved Correctly:  Not only does this reduce the integrity of the home as a whole, but it can cause a lot of structural damage that makes the home a ticking time bomb. Certain walls are what are called load bearing - they support major structures in the home, and they can't be removed.  And if you're altering them, if you don't take the right steps to ensure they continue to provide support means you’re essentially putting your life in danger!
  • Decks That Wobble:  If you like that floating feeling, then by all means put up a deck that is not at all safe to stand on. Pair it with a wobbly handrail and you’re really risking a lot of safety in the process. These decks can come down at any point, especially in harsh Minnesota winds or with our freeze-and-thaw cycles. Make sure that if you’re putting up a deck, you know how to do so for the safety of everyone. And by the way, adding a deck usually requires a building permit, which means an inspection.  Don't skip this step.
  • Plumbing That Has Been DIYed:  Plumbing (and electricity) that has been done by the homeowner is usually not done correctly. While there are small projects that can definitely be fixed at home, such as replacing a toilet, some of the other projects might be better left to a professional. When water is leaking into the foundation and basement of the home, then you know something went wrong in the process.  And certain plumbing projects actually will require a building inspector's approval, which can only be given if work is done by a licensed plumber.  You may not have an issue now, but you will when it comes time to sell your home.  Or if your repairs lead to problems that your insurance company won't cover.
Here are some things you should always pay a licensed Minnesota home remodeling contractor to do. If you are having problems with your deck, speak with us here at Quarve. We can come out and fix that DIY project for you, so that no accidents happen.  We also offer lots of other exterior remodeling services, like seamless steel siding, replacement windows and doors, gutters, and roofing.  All these projects should be left to pros. Call us today to have us come out and take a look - our estimates are free and without obligation.  We serve the entire Minneapolis and St. Paul metro area.