Measure twice and cut once. For some, this is a calling… and DIY projects are no problem. I’m Kyle Chaney, Sales Manager at Guarantee Real Estate… and first to admit that for others… like me… help from friends and professionals might be needed. Either way, when tackling a home improvement project – always check to see if a permit is required.
When you go to sell your home… buyers and, sometimes even the lender, will want to know if remodels were done with a permit… and having a permit can salvage your sale.
As a general rule of thumb, items that are mechanical, structural or electrical will require a permit.
Items like painting, flooring, changing of faucets, and most landscaping will not.
Permits will vary city-by-city, so it’s always advised to start with your local building department to be on the safe side. If you are looking for a recommendation on potential vendors… and want to know how these projects may affect home value and your equity position — contact your local Realtor.