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This One Roofing Mistake Could Cost You Thousands

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June 1, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.

By OneClick Code. 

Complications of working with municipalities to find building codes and how you can better equip yourself to overcome them. 

When it comes to creating a defensible roofing estimate you are likely to run into issues that come with working with municipalities. Often inaccurate or outdated information can lead to estimate mistakes that can cost contractors thousands of dollars.  

What are some of the complications you’ll likely encounter when working directly with a municipality? 

  • Conflicting information across sources. As crazy as it may seem, the information that employees have and what is posted on websites are often misaligned. This is often caused by miscommunication, oversight or just that they are bogged down with work. These inconsistencies require you to research all available sources instead of trusting one source. It also makes it more challenging to provide evidence when creating an estimate.  

  • Getting in touch with the right person. Often, a municipality only has one or two workers who will consistently have the most up-to-date information. Reaching this person takes time and persistence, costing your business valuable time.  

  • Constantly changing laws and adaptations. Not only is it important to pay attention to ever-changing roofing codes but it’s also essential to understand whether or not a municipality has adopted the code. Sometimes, municipalities will amend parts of a building code. Other times, municipalities will adopt various code years. (More on this later). 

How does jurisdiction play a role in this? 

  • Finding the correct authority. Similarly to finding the right person, you’ll need to understand the jurisdiction of the residence, which isn’t as simple as using the postal address or zip code. All too often contractors and adjusters end up wasting hours of their time on each claim trying to find out which municipality has jurisdiction over each house. Or, they will assume that a property is governed by the city when it actually is governed by the county. This is a very common mistake that can have a huge impact on your bottom line. Did you know that sales tax, building code book adoption, and even code line items can vary from one street to the next costing you thousands of dollars on a claim? If you want to learn more about this, we’ve created a comprehensive guide to jurisdiction that you can read. 

  • Differing levels of authority. Cities and counties govern their communities with jurisdictional authority, and with that authority, administer and enforce building codes. When a municipality is recognized as an independent governing body, it can adopt laws and building codes that guide its future development. This means you need to confirm whether the city or county holds authority.  

  • Lack of accurate and readily-available building code information. Until OneClick Code, there was no way to get accurate building code information you need easily and with confidence. Naturally, this leads to two massive problems for both contractors and insurance companies: incorrect repair estimates and millions of hours spent trying to validate the correct jurisdiction. 

  • Differing adoption of building codes. Though the International Building Code (IBC) has been adopted by the majority of the municipalities in the US, the confusion lies in which version is adopted and when it is updated by each municipality. Additionally, they also use the different versions of the International Residential Code (IRC) and the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) for specific building types and systems.  

This leads us to the question: What can be done about all this so that I get the accurate building codes I need? How can you overcome these challenges? 

  • Ask the right questions. Usually, the first answer to a building code-related question isn’t going to be enough. Be prepared to ask a few follow-up questions to get the information you need. 

  • Be patient and persistent. Even if it takes a few days to get the correct information, take the time. It is far better to get the right codes first rather than to get it wrong and cost yourself or your business valuable time and money. As mentioned above, it can take a few calls, but it’s worth the time. 

  • Reference each available source. Simply looking at a municipal website or calling the office may not be enough in itself. Make sure you’re cross-referencing all the information to find inconsistencies and ensure you have accurate information. 

  • Automate the process. Using the OneClick Code app solves your problem of finding accurate building code information in the click of a button. Instead of spending days waiting for the right information, trying to get in touch with the right individuals, or figuring out the jurisdiction authority, you can simply use technology to automatically find what you’re looking for. In the OneClick app, you can type in a property address and get the jurisdiction, sales tax, line items to start your roofing estimate, and all the documentation you need to back it up. Use our third-party trusted data to make your life easier and put a little money in your pocket too.  

Learn more about OneClick Code in their RoofersCoffeeShop® Directory or visit oneclickcode.com

Original article source: OneClick Code 



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