What Every Homeowner Needs to Know About Renovation

What Every Homeowner Needs to Know About Renovation

Home renovation is one of the most costly undertakings a home owner can do, but it brings tremendous value to a home when done properly. Renovating a kitchen can be very simple, until you start changing the structure of the home. Even adding a closet can present problems with permits and codes. Violating those permits can cause major challenges when you decide to sell your home. Here are the concepts to keep in mind before you begin a new renovation project.


One of the most commonly overlooked aspects of home construction is acquisition of permits. It might not seem like a big deal when you want to add on that balcony, or install a new sliding glass door, but building codes exist to keep you and occupants safe from potential harm. If you’re unsure, have a construction consultant go over your plans before you build. It won’t cost too much to hire someone hourly, especially if their only job is to review, and you get the peace of mind knowing your project should be built to code.

Injuries and Liability

Another concern is liability from the crew on the job site, which is why it’s important to work with licensed contractors. If something happens and a crew member hurts himself, you could be at fault if no one has adequate insurance to cover such events. A construction claims expert can give you more information, and may be less expensive than hiring an attorney to review the case.

Bio: Lyle Charles is an expert witness, and trained mediator for construction disputes. Lyle Charles Consulting offers mediation services to contractors and owners who have unresolved disputes.