Consumer Watch: Home improvements

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on September 4, 2013 at 4:45 PM

(WHAS11) -- With the popularity of HGTV do-it-yourself home improvement is more popular than ever, but not seen on those TV shows, are the many steps that need to be taken before you even pick up a hammer. WHAS11's Andy Treinen has today's Consumer Watch.

If you're taking on construction, electric work, lighting or plumbing, it's all about working smart and up to code but you need to follow the rules, or risk paying the price. "If you ignore code violations in your home, you might find that you face financial fines as well as legal ramifications," Angie Hicks from Angie’s List said.

Any new renovation work must meet current code at the time it is performed. If you're unsure, many contractors offer code violation inspections and correction work. You can also contact your local code enforcement agency if you're unsure whether you have an issue. “The most common code violations we normally find is breakers are too large for the appliance that they are serving. In some cases, the wiring is not sized properly,” HVAC contractor, Alan Winters said. “If you have a breaker that is too large what is going to happen is something else is going to give and that could be a potential fire."

Perhaps the biggest incentive is that many homeowners insurance policies won't cover damage or loss if it's found to be not up to code, so read your policy, talk to your agent and proceed with caution.

If you have a consumer issue you’d like us to look into send an e-mail to: consumerwatch@whas11.com

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