August 18th, 2016

We all want money! Don’t you? And it’s incredibly hard to give it up. Even for a good cause, like building or renovating your home. So you finally decide to separate yourself from some of your cash and hire a contractor to work on your dream home. But your contractor wants money too. Right away! Even before any work begins. Why is that? Start-up costs. Your contractor may not have accounts with lumber yards or material suppliers. Draining dollars from a contractor’s…

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March 9th, 2015

Why do you need a building permit? It might seem like a great idea. Save a few bucks. Dodge the building inspector. Avoid inconvenient scrutiny. After all, you’ll be able to tell if your renovation or addition came out right. Right? Probably not. Your new kitchen or finished bathroom could be just what you imagined, but if the work was done without a permit, you won’t know if it was done correctly. Permits protect you and your home in three ways. First, in order to…

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