You're a homeowner and are looking to make some renovations. Maybe it's a pool in the back for the kids/grandkids? Perhaps you want to bring down that wall for your new modern open concept? Maybe something "minor" like adding a bathroom in your basement for the in-laws. Whatever the situation may be, you know one thing for sure: YOU WANT TO RENOVATE.
But where do you start?
You know you want to renovate. But you have no idea where to start... You have budget in mind, but apart from that you're not really sure how to get the ball rolling...
Usually you think: Do I need an architect? Should I call a contractor first? Can I just call my cousin to renovate for me?
This usually gives us headaches beyond belief and the stress of it all makes us NOT move forward with the renovation.
We are here to help.
Below are the 3 MUST do's before you renovate your home.
1. Make sure you have a professional plan set
A professional plan set is key to getting things in motion quickly, which in the end will save you time and lots of money.
Depending on the complexity of your renovation, an architect should be able to draw up a professional plan set that will make my job as a permit expediter and all other contractors a breeze.
So before you put that beautiful deck down or tear down that wall, make sure you get a professional plan set.
2. Attain a bid estimate or contract for the work to be done
Money is important. You know that, I know that. The best way to ensure you aren't spending any more than you need to is to have a estimate completed BEFORE any work is done. This "sounds" obvious but you'd surprised how many people would rather "wing" it and see how it goes before it's too late.
Get a contract/estimate in writing. As a permit expeditor our fees are usually associated with the overall cost of the project, therefore it's in your best interest to know what you will be spending upfront.
3. Understand the timeline within your jurisdiction
As you know, rules and regulations differ from state to state, and even at the county level. With that comes many variations in the timeline for project completion. In one county, it may take 3-5 business days for the county clerk to approve your project plans, in others it can take 3-5 weeks.
So in order to address this variance, make sure you understand the typical timeline associated with a project like yours, and keep in mind that the more complex the project, the longer it takes (usually).
If you have any questions regarding any of the above, feel free to reach out to me personally by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have.
For any and all permit expediting needs, City Permit is here for you.
Thanks for taking the time to read! Enjoy your renovations!