It’s a well-known part of renovations: inspections. City of Calgary inspectors regularly visit hundreds if not thousands of construction sites within the city each month. The waiting, the compliance orders, the paperwork, the re-scheduling… it can all get a little overwhelming for homeowners, especially in the cases of do-it-yourself jobs. It’s all too easy to overlook how important it is for these inspectors to be diligent about safeguards and guidelines, and gripe about their bossy tone or not-backing-down attitude. But if you’ve ever travelled to countries where building codes are rarely enforced, you are keenly aware of how important it is to respect these inspectors’ jobs.
In many 2nd or 3rd world countries, following modern building codes are often the exception, not the rule. Even higher end tourist destinations are not immune. Staircases that are impossibly tall with a rise way too large for their run. Dangerous balconies with railings that could give at any moment. Aging buildings with beams that aren’t quite strong enough to hold their loads anymore. Sometimes, the wholly unsafe conditions are things tourists laugh at or take pictures of. Other times, they are injured, or worse.
It’s the sort of thing that makes you really, really glad we have modern building codes AND practices in Alberta, and an inspection system that works flawlessly the vast majority of the time. So if you’re preparing for or in the middle of a renovation, also make sure to be prepared for the inspections, compliance orders and yes, even costly delays, that can sometimes accompany them. After all, they are ultimately all there for your safety.
Overwhelmed with a home renovation that has run into issues with City of Calgary building inspections? Give us a call for a quote today – we can help!
-The Jameswood Team