Have you wanted a new deck or a swimming pool for those summer months? Turning your outdoor space into a comfortable, fun and safe place for the whole family can be less costly than you think. Think about how you want to use your outdoor space. The more prepared you are when you talk to your contractor, the easier it will be to transform the backyard into your paradise.
Patios and Pathways
Patios act as great spaces for dining, grilling, putting swimming pool furniture and holding outdoor parties. They are often made of concrete, tiles or stone and installed directly on the ground. They can be any shape and either attached to the home or a detached free-standing space in the middle of the yard. They are used for everything, from sitting and enjoying the view to holding an outdoor BBQ to surrounding a pool. These are less expensive than decks and easier to maintain in the long run. http://bit.ly/2nTe278
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Why Get Permits & Inspections
There are many important reasons to obtain the required building permit(s) and to obtain the required inspections for your construction project.
Helps protect property value
Your home or business is an investment. If your construction project does not comply with the codes adopted by your community, the value of your investment could be reduced. If major remodeling is done without permits there is a high probability that the lender will make the determination for you by declining to provide financing unless, or until: Permits can be pulled to verify work was done to code and in a professional, workmanlike manner. Not pulling permits for any type of renovation or remodel is the best way I know of to create chaos on the future sale of a property. Worst case scenario? The new lender can require the home returned to the original condition PRIOR to financing approval. Yes, I have had this happen a few times. A good example is the conversion of a garage space to living space. It seems like a great idea to many home owners; however, done without permits it is almost always an issue. Property insurers may not cover work or damages caused by work done without permits and inspections.
Makes Selling Property Easier
When property is sold through a multiple listing association, the owner is required to disclose any improvements or repairs made and if permits and inspections were obtained. Many financial institutions will not finance a purchase without proof of a final inspection. If you decide to sell a home or building that has had modifications without a permit, you may be required to tear down the addition, leave it unoccupied or do costly repairs. Work performed without a required building permit may hold up the sale of your property in the future and may also affect an insurance claim. Before any work begins on your home, check with your insurance representative, who can explain exactly what is needed to ensure continuous and adequate coverage, both during and after the renovation.
Example: The previous owner of my house had done a lot of remodeling sans permit (bathrooms and added a sun room). He had to tear out the sunroom and ultimately had to list the house as "As Is". It dropped the sales prices of the house by a third compared to the neighboring homes.
Your permit allows the code official to reduce potential hazards of unsafe construction to provide for public health, safety and welfare. By following code guidelines, your completed project will meet minimum standards of safety and will be less likely to cause injury to you, your family, and your friends or future owners. Mandatory inspections complement the contractor’s experience and act as a system of checks and balances resulting in a safer project.
It’s the Law
Failure to obtain a permit can result in fines, penalties, and demolition of unauthorized construction if it cannot be made to meet code. The property owner may be subject to legal action for failure to obtain a building permit. If you carry out a renovation project that requires a building permit without having one, Village Building Department representatives may issue a "Stop Work" and or a "Cease and Desist" order, which remains in effect until you obtain a permit. If the work doesn't meet the requirements of the Building Code, you may well have to redo the work at your own cost.