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Be your own General Contractor
A home owner can save money by being the general contractor in the home remodeling project. The tasks the general contractor do is to coordinate all the hired workers and services. They also help find the financing for the improvements and manage the different areas of the improvements to make sure everyone is completing the tasks on time.
Some financial institutions do not like the homeowner to be the general contractor since the homeowner does not always have the knowledge to have all the tasks completed on time or properly, yet for many people who are time conscience they can be the general contractor. To avoid the possible issues with the bank, it is a good idea to have the money available so you do not have to use a bank for financing or to verify with the bank they do not have requirements for an outside general contractor to be hired.
To decide if you can be the general contractor, start by checking with your local building inspector to see what the requirements are for the electrical, plumbing, and building regulations. The building inspector will provide the needed information so you can make the right decision. Some areas only allow licensed professional to do the work so this may be an issue you will need to address prior to starting any project.
Once you find out if you can be the general contractor, you will need to submit the plans for the remodeling to the building inspector. The plans will clearly state all the project involves including the changes to be made and any professional hired to do the tasks. Do not become discouraged if you need to return several times to the building inspector if you have not ever done this kind of work before. There are many little details to consider with every remodeling and you will learn as you go.
Some of the major remodeling that require an inspection either after the completion of the project or during different steps of the remodeling include foundation work, framing including doors, windows, and roofing, electrical, plumbing, insulation, and any final inspection. There are different requirements for every area so always verify what the requirements are before starting any project.
Some locations require with any new addition to have the current septic system enlarged or altered to allow for the added space to the home. This is an additional cost to the homeowner and present problems if they have not considered the needed changes to the septic system. If the home is on city sewer, it can delay the home improvements since the city has requirements of the modifications, which will take longer to have all the aspects of the modifications made.
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