Spring is in the air, and a recent home remodeling show took center stage.

You can read the full article here in the Rapid City Journal:

Home remodeling is undergoing a boom these days, thanks in no small part to the many shows you can watch about the topic on TV.  Back in the day it used to only be “This Old House” on PBS, but now – you can find a show on redoing your home at almost any time of the day or night.

There’s no doubt that doing a home remodel can be exciting, and you’ll love the results.

However –

The results you love are a direct result of your involvement and preparation for the project.   Making it up as you go is no way to do a home remodel.

Fortunately, municipalities really won’t let you make it up as you go.  Most require detailed building plans to be furnished, and then require inspections of the work as it is installed.   Face it – you wouldn’t want an electrical panel that looked like this, would you?

And yet, stuff like that exists in the real world.  Just ask any home inspector what he or she has seen on some of their jobs.

If you’re expanding your house beyond its current footprint, the first thing you need to do is call 811.

Our Damage Prevention Agents take your call and go through a very precise list of questions with you.  The ultimate goal of this Q/A session is to leave no stone unturned before the information is turned over to the relevant utilities that have buried infrastructure in your dig area.

The next step in the link is notifying said utilities.  That happens immediately.  The utilities then have 48 hours to get out and mark or flag the location of their pipes and cables.   Weekends and holidays are excepted.  A call at two pm on Friday has a deadline of two pm the following Tuesday.   A call at two pm on Monday has a deadline of two pm on Wednesday.

But before you put that backhoe into the ground, use a shovel and hand dig carefully down to expose the lines below.  Then, exercise care and caution when using your mechanized equipment.  Respect the dig, don’t be in a rush, and before you know it your new add on foundation is laid and the walls are going up!

Always call South Dakota 811 before you dig!

Until next week, safe digging!

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