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Even though Minnesota is also known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes, it still has plenty of land for building projects. In fact, with an upswing in construction activity, this is a good time to consider building in Minnesota. If you decide to build in this state, keep these three factors in mind.
The Minnesota State Building Code is a set of minimum standards meant to safeguard property, well-being, and life of the public. It does so by controlling and regulating the design, construction, and quality of building materials used in construction projects. Of the 87 counties in Minnesota, 21 have adopted the Minnesota State Building Code. The code covers components of both residential and commercial construction. These components include energy, electrical, fire, and plumbing. Counties and cities that have not adopted the Minnesota State Building Code have their own set of codes you need to follow.
Also, Minnesota requires a license for residential building contractors, roofers, remodelers, and manufactured home installers. Owners who work on their own property for the sole purpose of resale must also have a license. In order to get your building contractor license in Minnesota, you must pass an exam, send a fully completed license application, and pay the licensing fee. If you work as a business entity, your company must apply for the license, and you will name one employee to act as the qualifying person.
Around 20,000 years ago, glaciers covered most of Minnesota. These large chunks of ice started moving and picking up soil along the way. When the ice melted, it deposited the soil, creating the unique mosaic of soil types you find today in Minnesota. Mollisol covers much of the state. This thick soil has a dark-colored surface layer and a loose, low-density surface. Alfisol also covers a large amount of land. This soil ranges in color from brown to light gray. While it’s usually moist during summer, it can get dry and cracked during droughts.
No matter which type of soil you find yourself working in, you need the right equipment to handle it. If you discover you need aerial equipment such as scissor lifts, forklifts, manlifts, and boom lifts, consider renting the machine you need. Renting instead of buying can save you money if you’re working with a soil type that you don’t see often. Find out what type of land the construction site has, and choose equipment that’s right for the job.
If you’re planning on building in Minnesota, you want to make sure you pick the right region. Luckily, the state has a few bright spots. The best area is the Twin Cities, which is the metropolitan area of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Not only does this area account for nearly 60 percent of the state’s population, it’s also where you’ll find a booming pace of construction. The regional hub of Rochester is also experiencing strong growth.
When you’re making plans to build in Minnesota, keep the above factors in mind so you can enjoy success with your building projects.