Before building a new home or improving an existing home, you usually have to get building permits. Building permits are a way for local communities to make some money and to ensure that building projects meet the building code. To get a building permit you have to fill out some paperwork describing what you plan to build and how you plan to build it. If you hire a contractor or builder make sure they’ve gotten all the necessary building permits prior to starting work.
When you buy a home that's had home improvements made without building permits, it's up to you to rectify that with your local government. In many cases, the local government will allow you to buy the building permits after the fact and consider the work in compliance with the building code. If you discover that the home you want to buy has had work done without building permits, you can stop the closing on the house.
Want to find a good builder? Selecting a good builder is the first step in a new successful new construction project. If you do your homework ahead of time, you should be able to choose a builder who is perfect for your project.
If you've decided you want to live in something new, you can buy a home in a new construction subdivision or buy a piece of land and hire someone to build a home to your specifications. Here are some smart steps you should take to ensure your built home meets all of your needs. The first thing to consider when building a home is location.