Why It’s Imperative To Legally Upgrade Your Home

Mar 14, 2023

by.  Vanessa Saunders Broker/Owner Global Property Systems

An image of a fully finished basement with recessed lighting, plush carpeting, and comfortable seating arranged around a large screen televisionUpgrading your home can be an exciting experience, but it’s important to remember that safety should always come first. This is why it’s essential to ensure that all of your home improvements are done legally with the approval of your local building department. Not only will this ensure that the work is up to code, but it will also give you a Certificate of Occupancy when the job is completed.

This certificate is crucial for several reasons. Firstly, it confirms that all construction and renovations were performed in accordance with the local laws and regulations set by the municipality. Secondly, it can help protect you from liability if any unforeseen issues arise down the road. Finally, it gives potential buyers peace of mind that their financing will be allowed and that everything is legit when they’re looking to sell their home in the future.

It’s also important to note that using a friend or a relative who may be good at electrical work or plumbing should be licensed by the state you live in ifImage of a workman installing sheetrock on a wall you are going to try to save some money. While it’s understandable to want to save some cash, cutting corners could end up costing you more in the long run. When in doubt, hiring a licensed professional is always best to ensure the job is done correctly and safely.

Before beginning any major home improvement project, it’s important to understand how your local building department works. The best way to start is by submitting plans for review so they can evaluate whether your project meets the necessary codes and standards for approval. Working with a licensed contractor who understands these requirements can also be beneficial as they’ll know exactly what documents need to be submitted and which inspections need to take place in order for a final certificate of completion to be issued.

In conclusion, upgrading your home can be an exciting experience, but it’s essential to do it legally to ensure that everything is properly inspected and approved according to local codes. So, when performing significant home improvements or renovations, make sure you notify the building inspector at your local building department, so they can provide you with a Certificate of Occupancy after completing the job. Doing so will give you peace of mind and protect you from any future liability.

An image of a finished kitchen in a basement with modern appliances, granite countertops, and a tiled backsplash. The title 'Building Permits are a must' is displayed in the foreground.At Global Property Systems, we are Certified Pricing Strategy Advisors and are happy to offer our opinion on what upgrades would give you the best bang for your buck. We encourage you to visit our Client Approved Services page at https://www.globalpropertysystems.com/resources/ .

To learn more about how we can help, whether you’re thinking of buying a new home, selling your current home, or just wanting to add value without making an expensive mistake,  reach out to us at Global Property Systems to learn more about how we can assist you.


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