Permits are necessary for the construction of new residential and commercial buildings in most cities and states. When you fail to obtain a permit, you are risking all of the money that you put into your construction project. In many cases, the additional square footage or the entire project is unable to be sold, if a permit was not obtained. Permits require the approval of the city, often with a detailed description of the project that will be completed. If you require a permit, it may be wise to work with a permit expeditor or permit services company.
Ensures you are prepared for a permit
Obtaining a permit requires a detailed plan and layout of the project. If you are not familiar with the process of obtaining a permit, you are also likely to be unfamiliar with the details needed. Building permits requirements may also differ, depending on the location, the type of building, and the specific type of work that will be completed. When you work with a building permit expeditor, they can assist you in completing the request. Because they have done it before, they can provide you with valuable insight on the type of information to include and when to file for the permit services.
Notifies you of building restrictions
The biggest cause for being denied a building permit is not following building codes. Issues with a permit could include signage sizing, building proximity to road, poor electrical planning, and many other building problems. A residential building permit expeditor is usually aware of these restrictions and can save you time by notifying you of them before filing. Most permit expeditors follow city coding regulations, something that you may not have access to.
Obtaining a permit can be especially difficult if you are not aware of the state or country that you are building in, something that is often common with business buildings. I Codes (International Codes) have their own regulating boards and often contain much different permit requirements than domestic boards do. The International Code Council (ICC) was founded in 1994 by the three regionally based model code organizations, the Building Officials and Code Administrators International (BOCA), the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO), and the Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc. (SBCCI).
Reduce permit filing costs
Although the cost to file for a permit is usually a flat rate, depending on the city and the type of permit, if you incorrectly file, you may be subject to additional fees to refile. Working with a permit expeditor on obtaining your building permit on the first try can save you substantial costs. A permit can cost less than $100 and up to $1,000 or more, depending on the locality and the size, scope, value, and type of work to be completed.
Increase ROI values
Most home renovations and repairs increase the resale value of a house, or the return on interest. For most projects, however, residential building permits are required. If you do not obtain the required building permits before completing a remodel project, regardless of the amount of type of materials that you put into the project, you will lose ROI value. That is because the addition or remodel cannot be counted. In many cases, the city may require the new buyers to tear it down and redo the job with legitimate permits. This means that you may lose the entire value of the room you planned to remodel. Work with a permit expeditor to ensure that your remodel project counts.
Permits are small pieces of paper that notify others that your housing or business project is approved. It also generally means that you ran the details of the project by a professional and they agreed that it was beneficial and safe. If you are planning a housing remodel project that requires building permits, you will find it extremely beneficial to use the services of permit expeditors. They can save you money over time, ensure your permits paperwork is properly filed, and that you receive the most ROI for your remodel.