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Legal Proceedings Might Be A Part Of Your Future If You Continue Building Stuff Without Certified Engineer Plans

Legal Proceedings Might Be A Part Of Your Future If You Continue Building Stuff Without Certified Engineer PlansA tree house provides little ones and even some adults with hours upon hours of fun and enjoyment. Greenhouses give our plants an ideal environment to thrive in, and outdoor sheds are essential for organizing and storing. However, in our great state of Florida, homeowners are prohibited from building such structures without first obtaining an approved and certified set of engineer plans. High winds are one of the main reasons as to why these restrictions exist, but despite the warnings and dangers, some property owners still choose to build these items on their own in an attempt to save time and money.

Situations That Do Not Involve The Outdoor Elements

Inviting guests over to your home for a barbecue or pool party are essential parts of the neighborhood bonding process. It allows people in the area to get to know one another and friendships become forged. However, what happens when a loose screw or nail causes the tree house structure to collapse on an unsuspecting invitee? Broken bones, cuts, and bruises, or a variety of different ailments can present themselves. Relationships are tested when medical and other expenses become thrust into the spotlight. People do not tend to want to be responsible for bills, especially when the injury is through no fault of their own, so avoid putting yourself in this circumstance by building structures according to the guidelines and restrictions of the county in which you live.

Children love play dates and inviting friends over to hang out in the tree house helps them become one of the most popular kids on the block. Little ones are also notorious for rough play and not always being mindful of their surroundings. If parents are not paying close enough attention, the tree fort can quickly become overloaded, resulting in a weakened or collapsing building. Minor and severe injuries can both happen from such instances, which will likely lead to victims seeking compensation for a full and speedy recovery. We are not telling homeowners to stop home improvement projects, but instead, we are merely suggesting that they are done appropriately to keep everyone safe.

High Winds And Flood Waters Also Cause Homemade Buildings To Collapse

Hurricanes and other storms bring along winds that no one can adequately prepare for, but by first obtaining certified engineer plans, homeowners can ensure that they have done their part to prevent flying projectiles from becoming a reality. Boards, railings, shingles, and more detach during periods of high winds. They can crash through home or vehicle windows, and inflict serious injuries to a neighbor that becomes hit by the object. Shudders or plywood covering glass can stop some of the injuries from taking place, but avoiding the circumstances altogether is the preferred method of choice. Do the responsible thing and build structures up to code for the sake of everyone in the neighborhood.

A floating shed or another building can also pose a threat to the well-being of others. They can slam into cars or trucks, people, and different structures, leaving damage in their wake, and even injuring occupants. Not all of these incidents are avoidable when mother nature is part of the equation, but having the proper paperwork in place might save you from lengthy legal proceedings. Don't just consider building with certified engineer plans to avoid lawsuits though, do it because it is the appropriate course of action to ensure the safety and well-being of anyone in the vicinity.

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