When Is a Permit Required?

The building code has evolved to protect a home’s occupants as well as the community, but first, you need to determine whether a permit is required. In cases of simple interior cosmetic changes, such as repainting and installing interior trim or carpet, a permit will not be required. For remodels that add square footage to your ...

When Is a Permit Required?2017-03-10T01:30:05+00:00

Should I work with a designer?

Some projects require an architect, some an interior designer, and sometimes a talented builder will get your aesthetic and help you come up with a good plan. Whatever you do, don’t start a remodel without a detailed floor plan. A lot of elements interact in a space — put them all on paper and you’ll catch ...

Should I work with a designer?2017-03-10T01:28:44+00:00

Do I need to move out?

Remodeling is expensive, and moving out just adds to the cost and sometimes it's absolutely necessary. If you can’t move out for the whole job, try to schedule some time away and set up a clean, comfortable place to retreat to when you can’t handle coming home to a messy and stressful construction site.

Do I need to move out?2017-03-10T01:27:41+00:00

Do I need a contingency fund?

If you find out that the work you wanted to do costs more than you expected or budgeted, you’re in good company. It’s almost unheard of that a person sets a realistic budget for a project. But don’t eat into your contingency to stretch the budget. If you follow rule number one and make every ...

Do I need a contingency fund?2017-03-10T01:26:29+00:00

Am I doing what my house really needs?

Though a contractor will rarely come right out and say this, some houses should be knocked down rather than have money put into them to fix them up. Though this is a rare situation, it’s common for people to put money into fancy cabinets for a house with a sagging foundation, or into a high-efficiency ...

Am I doing what my house really needs?2017-03-10T01:24:28+00:00

How do I avoid Change Orders?

Even though it's inevitable that you'll change your mind about something on your project, know this: Every time you change your mind, it'll result in a change order. Although the change may seem minor, there are always added costs — even if it's only the time spent discussing the change. Scheduling can be affected too. ...

How do I avoid Change Orders?2017-03-10T01:23:17+00:00
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