If you are planning a major home renovation, you are likely going to need a building permit.
Unfortunately, a lot of people see permits as costly and an extra hassle to obtain. Or, they might think that it’s no one’s business how they remodel their home.
Do not make the mistake of thinking that a building permit is superfluous.
We have permits for some very good reasons.
And, sadly, a lot of contractors skip this important step. This gives unsuspecting homeowners the false impression that permits are not very important.
This is false.
If you are a homeowner, please don’t work with a contractor who doesn’t see the value in obtaining the required permits in order to execute a smooth home renovation – because, sooner or later, you will pay the price.
Permits are used to protect everyone involved – the contractor, any area or person who is influenced by the renovation, and especially the homeowner.
Here are just a few reasons why you should get a permit for your home renovation…
Peace of mind
Peace of mind during a complex renovation is very important. When it comes to the structure or integrity of your home, you will no doubt want to work with a qualified contractor, just so you can rest at ease knowing that everything will go smoothly. So then, why wouldn’t you ensure added peace of mind by getting a permit? Having a government city official overlooking the critical stages of your renovation project, making sure that everything is done to building code standards, is extra insurance that your renovation project will go off without a hitch.
Preventing structural damage down the road
When renovating, you don’t just want to plan for immediate results, you want to prevent any mishaps in the future, as well. For instance, if there is a wall that has a load on it and you want to remove it, then a permit should be taken out to ensure the new design can have the right structure in place. This helps to verify that there will be no structural problems in the future.
Avoid problems when trying to sell your home
Selling your home might not be a concern at the present moment, but there may come a day when it will be. When that day comes along, you are going to wish any renovations you did to your home were done in accordance with a building permit. For instance, not many people know this, but a permit is required if you decide to add a shed to your backyard. A shed may seem like an appealing addition that would make your home more tantalizing to a potential buyer, but if it was added without a permit, this could signal a red flag to a potential buyer and get in the way of closing a sale.
It is a good idea to talk to an expert if you are not sure about whether or not you need permits to make some upgrades to your home. We are experts when it comes to building permits at Alair Homes, so don’t hesitate to contact us with questions – because “Living Better Starts Here™”.