April 23rd, 2018

How to Avoid Problems with Spring Repairs

As the warm summer weather approaches, homeowners are more susceptible to start their planned maintenance and renovations. As you weigh your options of shopping around between contractors and doing it yourself, keep in mind the rules and regulations that are in place when making repairs on a home.

In order to avoid problems with your spring renovations, be sure to check on the appropriate building, electrical, plumbing and mechanical permits in your county. Whether you are in Mecklenburg, Iredell, Gaston or surrounding counties, you are required to follow certain permits. Contractors should obtain the necessary permits for jobs. If they’d rather not go for permits, it could be a warning sign.

RIS Media suggests the following tips to make sure you are protecting yourself from incompetent builders or permit violations during home repairs:

  • Check with the Better Business Bureau to make sure that the contractor checks out to be as experienced and knowledgeable as they say. Learn how long they’ve been in the business, verified customer reviews, etc.
  • Get everything in writing. All promises and agreements should be written in a contract, as well as a detailed description of the type of work needed, quality of materials, how long the job may take, and other specifics.
  • Talk to your trusted real estate professional. If you are working with a REALTOR®, chances are they have a list of vendors that they use regularly and are confident with. If you are not working with a REALTOR®, give one of ours a call. Our agents work together to pool the best resources to pass along to their clients. They share ideas, vendor lists, stories and more to help provide the best service and advice to their clients.

Be sure to do your homework before agreeing to or starting any home renovations. Big projects can turn into big problems when the wrong people are handling them. When in doubt, call a local REALTOR®. Helen Adams Realty’s agents are area experts and have built long-lasting relationships with contractors and vendors along the way. Not sure where to start? Call Jordan Nelson with our Relocation Department and she can play match maker to hook you up with the perfect real estate agent.