Springtime is Home Improvement Time

Home ToolsNow is the time when a lot of people decide to make some improvements to their homes. It’s the spring, the sun is back out, the weather is nice, and nature is making plenty of new things on its own. So it’s only right we follow suit.

There is a lot to think about when making these improvements, though. Plans need to be submitted, building permits need to be had, and to do this you need to make sure you are in compliance with all relevant building codes. If you’re not and build anyway then your insurance isn’t going to cover much.

So make sure to keep in mind some new regulations when you plan your home improvements. Some of these we have covered, and if we haven’t then we’re glad to give you as much more information as we can find.

From the Massachusetts Law Library:

Spring is often the time homeowners embark on home improvement projects. Here are a few new regulations to keep in mind when you start that project:

  • 40 CFR 745Lead Paint. Under new federal regulations effective April 1, 2010,  “contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.”
  • 527 CMR 10.15 Floor refinishing. Effective June 1, 2010, provides strict new guidelines for floor refinishing.

And if you are preparing your home for sale,

  • 527 CMR 32 Smoke Detectors. Effective April 5, 2010, details new requirements for smoke detectors with which you must comply in order to sell your home.

The Attorney General has a useful consumer guide to home improvement, and we have links to the home improvement contractor law and regulations, as well as helpful forms and websites, at Law About Home Improvement.

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