When it comes to a remodeling, a homeowner has many details to consider. For instance, what color paint to choose, granite or marble countertops, what size of tile squares, which new flooring material best completes the modern look for a room? But one detail that can easily get overlooked is the permitting process.
Tina Shiachi, owner of CMS Building and Restoration, is currently experiencing a 6 week delay because a previous permit was not finalized. “It was a hard hit for the customer,” said Tina.
CMS was recently contracted to build a custom sun room for a homeowner in the LA area. CMS worked with an area architecture to draw up plans. Custom paneling was engineered for the room and CMS was all set to start the project, when they discovered the homeowner had a retaining wall built in 1999, and the city had no proof of a final inspection for the wall.
“The contractor is responsible for finalizing the project, but the homeowner must obtain proof. In our area, they must have an inspection and have an inspection card signed once the job is completed,” explains Tina.
“The sun room project is now delayed, while we help our client obtain new drawings for their old retaining wall project and schedule a final inspection. The agency cannot issue a new permit, until the previous one is finalized,” said Tina.
Permits requirements for remodeling work are typically obtained through a city or county agency. A homeowner should make a list of all the work being done and then contact their local agency to see what permits are required. Often times the hired contractor will obtain the permits, but it is important for a homeowner to make sure they are communicating with the contractor and then be responsible for finalizing the permits with the city or county.
“Homeowners should keep a record of all blueprints, permits and inspection information during their time in the home. It is important to have proof that a completed job was inspected, whether the job is 1, 5 or 10 years old,” said Tina.
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