Do I Need a Permit for This?
Home remodeling is back to being big business in the United States this year with the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University suggesting that it could easily exceed the $300 billion spent last year as the housing industry continues to improve. Many Baby Boomers are contributing to these numbers as they are choosing to stay put in homes where they have considerable equity, but Millennials and Gen Xers are also gaining confidence to make improvements as the economy recovers.
The popularity of home improvement shows has also helped with this confidence as more and more people watch countless examples of ways they can use their preferences and styles to change up the look of their homes.
If you've been considering handling the bulk of the remodeling projects around your home, one thing you need get right from the outset is whether or not you need a permit for the work you have planned. According to How Stuff Works, "Building permits are the way counties, towns and municipalities enforce their building codes. Local governments adopt those codes in order to ensure that all buildings meet minimum safety and structural standards. They update them every few years as new building methods and materials are introduced." If you are hiring a contractor to do the work for you, it should be his or her responsibility to secure these permits for you, so always be sure to ask the right questions when hiring your contractor.
There are a range of fees that go along with these permits to cover the costs of having a professional engineer study and inspect your plans to make sure your project is safe and up to code. Any time you change the use or structure of a room, you need a permit, even if the change is to completely demolish the structure. Smaller projects such as painting do not require a permit, and each state may vary on what needs a permit and what does not. It is best to seek out those answers before you get started. Here are some great guidelines to help you determine if you should seek a permit: Home Renovations Permit
Permits protect you by keeping your project in code with modern building practices. This insures that your home will be safe, and it keeps you from incurring hefty fines for not following the rules. Also, permits will help keep you covered by your insurance in case there is an accident that relates to your renovation. It's better to be safe than sorry.
Once your project is complete, an inspector will come behind you to make sure all plans were followed as outlined from the beginning. This might take some time to get fully approved, but being legal and staying within code is worth it in the end.
Planning is a huge part of the renovation process, so make sure chekcing on permits is included in those plans from the beginning to avoid costly delays and errors.
If you need help finding the perfect fixer-upper, I'm here to help!
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Posted on 10/31/2015 11:53 PM by Jarod
Franklin's 32nd Annual Pumpkinfest
Bring the whole family out tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 24th, to experience one of the biggest fall parties around at Franklin's 32nd Annual Pumpkinfest. The festivities take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. all around Franklin's picturesque square.
There will be stages with live music and dance performances, costume contests for humans and pets (which means there will be good people-watching), festival food, arts and crafts vendors, a chili cool off, and circus entertainment. Did I mention the people-watching?
A designated kids' zone will include games, pony rides, face painting, and bouncy houses, and the best part is that there will be free activities from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.!
For those who like to combine history with creepy, you can get tickets for historic graveyard tours from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. if you dare â€¦ Buy tickets here.
For a complete list of activities, click here.
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Posted on 10/23/2015 5:19 PM by Jarod
Nashville Is an Easy Sell for Executive Search Teams
If you live in the Nashville area, I'm sure you've seen over and over again all of the amazing reasons why this is one of THE hottest markets in America right now. As you scroll through your morning Facebook or Twitter news feeds, you will quickly see evidence of Nashville's rock star real estate status in articles like this, or this one.
It's no surprise, then, why executive search teams have found immense success enticing high-profile candidates to the area with a treasure trove of strong economic data. The Nashville area is set apart mainly because our economy has continued to THRIVE during seasons of economic recession.
Among the enticing reasons to move here are large corporate relocations such as Nissan and UBS, a well-educated and diverse workforce, and award-winning school districts! If that's not enough to entice corporate executives, here are a few more reasons:
- The cost of living is relatively low compared to the national average.
- The area has many beautiful parks and cultural options.
- Because of the location, Nashville is an easily accessible national transportation hub.
- The exponential job creation in the past two years has had a positive snowball effect on our economy.
- We're a cultural melting pot.
- There are more than 18 colleges and universities in the area.
- Our college grads are staying put after graduation, providing a well-educated workforce!
- Several of the nation's largest hospital management companies are located here.
- The continued growth and development south of Nashville in Williamson County offers more options for work and living.
These are just a few examples of the MANY selling points for Nashville area executive search teams. These are exciting times for our area, my friends!
Posted on 10/07/2015 11:46 PM by Jarod