Do Contractors Pull Permits, Handle Paperwork, And Schedule Inspections?

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Contractors Have Different Approaches To Who Does What Parts Of Their Client’s Project.

This is another of those mysteries we want to help you solve! It can be hard to know if you or your contractor will handle these parts of your project.

In this post, you’ll find out the different approaches to handling permits, paperwork, and inspections for home projects. You’ll also discover how RenoVista handles these.

Will They Or Do We?

“That…is a great question,” replies John.

Melissa shrugs. “Well, I don’t know, do contractors pull permits? Do they handle the paperwork and inspections or do we have to do everything?”

John sighs. “I have no idea. We can either hop on Google and look it up or we can call around and ask different local contractors.”

“Let’s try Google first. It’ll be easier than making a bunch of phone calls,” points out Melissa. “Who knows, maybe we’ll also find out who does the physical labor for projects too.” John nods and gets his phone out to start looking.

Here’s what the couple finds out:

Do Contractors Pull Permits?

It depends on the contractor, and you can usually guess by their price.

Cheaper contractors are usually cheaper because they’ll have you handle permits, paperwork, inspections, and maybe more. Higher-end contractors should take care of all of it for you. It comes down to spending a bit more money or a lot more time and effort.

This can include who does the paperwork and handles the inspections too.

Are Contractors Required To Pull Permits?

Contractors are required or not required to pull permits depending on the job.

Projects that can have safety concerns like building a deck or renovating a space need a permit. Painting, flooring, and other aesthetic projects don’t. They don’t compromise the safety of your home.

You can move ahead without them pulling a permit for their work. However, the safety of the project isn’t guaranteed. You, the homeowner, will also be liable for anything that happens.

How RenoVista Handles Permits, Paperwork, And Inspections

We want you to know exactly what we handle and what you’ll need to do (which is very little). We don’t want you to feel like we’re hiding anything or like you need to go out of your way to get answers.

Does My Job Need A Permit(s)?

Almost every single project clients have us do for them needs one or more permits. These permits make sure people do projects to safe specifications. Without permits, you just have to hope whoever’s building it knows how to build it safely.

Projects that don’t need permits are aesthetic ones. These projects won’t affect your safety. Painting, finish work, and flooring are a few examples.

Does RenoVista File All The Permits?

Yes, we do! Permits can take 1 to 4 weeks for approval, so we like to get them done as soon as possible. For subcontractors, we’ll pull permits as needed depending on the job (see above paragraph).

Does RenoVista Handle All The Paperwork?

We’ll handle this for you too. The home improvement contractor license, construction supervisor license, general liability insurance, workers compensation policy, we’ll do it all.

It may be best to still look through these documents.

Does Renovista Handle All The Inspections?

We take care of the calling and scheduling. We’ll be there for some of the inspections too, and if you can’t be home for it we’ll definitely be there to make sure everything goes smoothly.

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“So permits help keep us safe and not liable for any accidents,” says John. “And it depends on the contractor as to who pulls them and does the other paperwork,” finishes Melissa. “I wonder if this blog can answer any of our other questions,” wonders John.

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