We have been asked several times to take over jobs started by homeowners or unlicensed contractors. Most of the times, these jobs were started without plans, permits, engineering or any of the other prerequisites for a legal construction project. After a town building inspector has been notified of an illegal project, they will issue a "stop work" order, bringing the New Home, Remodeling, or Renovation project to a halt. The time and money a homeowner might save by skirting the permit process is far outweighed by the headache, embarrassment, and costs associated with correcting un-permitted work. In general, the homeowner has to start from scratch, and usually ends up removing any of the work that was done so the critical items can be properly inspected.
So if you are thinking of performing your own work, and not hiring a contractor, or even worse, if you are thinking of hiring an unlicensed contractor to do your work without a permit you are setting yourself up for failure.
Don't make this mistake, because you will regret it in the long run. Sometimes people are unable to sell their homes because of poor workmanship, or discovery of un-permitted work.
If you are thinking of a New Home, Renovation, or Remodeling Project on Cape Cod, click below to download our guide to hiring a contractor! Here is an article from MSN.com that talks about the risks: Work Without Permits