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The biggest mistake I see people make

by Daniel Ossman on 06/06/11

Over my years of experience, one of the biggest mistakes I see is people not getting plans drawn up or obtaining a permit for there proposed project. Sooner or later the building department will catch up to you and give you what called a red tag (stop work order) to stop all construction. Even though you just broke the law, it does not exempt you from still obtaining the proper construction plans and building permit. Most cities will give you a 45 day time limit to obtain the plans and permit, or face stiff fines. If you wait and exceed your 45 days, they can fine you hundreds of dollars per day. Your only other choice, tear down your project.

If you decide to proceed forward, 99 percent of the time your plans will cost you a lot more than if you did it the right way. Why you ask ? 

  1. Sometimes you have already covered up some structural elements. 
  2. Your lumber might not meet the required spans per code.
  3. Maybe you built your project beyond the required zoning setback lines.
  4. Maybe you are in a Federal Flood Zone (these requirements vary from city to city) and the Federal guideline are pretty cut and dry.
  5. Maybe you just listened to your brother-in-law or neighbor who thinks they know what they are doing, and they do not

The reason for the plans and permit is to ensure the you comply with all City, State, Federal and Zoning codes. No matter what, the building inspector has the right to ask you to obtain a certified letter from either an architect or engineer. This letter is to certify that he has inspected your project and found that corrections need to be made or your project has been build properly to this point. This letters can vary from hundreds to thousands of dollars. Even though you obtained this letter, the building inspector still can ask you to open up what has been covered up. My advice, have a professional like myself help you drawn up your plans first.

My experience comes from many years in the business, including being a Plans Examiner with the City of Tampa. Unlike other drafting services, I have a checklist of questions that I ask ahead of time to weed out any problems that you might run into later. It is much better to delay your project up front a few days, then to find out later after spending hundreds or thousand of dollars that you can not build what you proposed. Some architect, engineers and other drafting services DO NOT do this and DO NOT care. 

I take pride in my work knowing that I can make your dreams come true. I offer a free consultation to help you thru this sometime confusing process. Before you decide on who is going to draw your plans, give my company a chance to bid on your project and to advise you of the proper steps to take even if you decide to go with another company.

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