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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -   New home building is still extremely slow in the bad economy, but there has been an increase in home renovations in Albany recently.  

Albany Planning and Development officials say it is important that all home improvements are done by licensed contractors, and that all renovations meet standards set by the International Code Council.

Like electrical outlets have ground fault breakers to prevent fires, and that hot water heaters have proper ventilation.

"Your qualified contractors know the processes," said Tracy Hester, Albany Development Services Sr. Manager for the City. "They'll get the permits necessary. They'll follow all the legal requirements to make sure your addition, your alterations, your new structures are built to International Standard Codes."

And inspectors say that ensures all homes are safe for anyone who enters. This is National Building Safety Week.

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