Hope that helps,
Make sure that you ALWAYS pull a permit, because most homeowners don't and get into issues later.
Also, make sure to take into account the fact that it's almost always better to buy something that doesn't need that kind of work - especially in the lower ranges. To buy a $250k home that needs 30K in work, means that you need come come up with 30K after closing. On the other hand, to buy a $280K home that doesn't need work would be a mortgage payment only about $100 more a month, and then it's turn key and ready to go.
There are so many lovely homes for sale that you shouldn't really have to settle for something beat up.
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To the best of my knowledge a home owner can apply for the permits.
Be prepared, have your plans and cost estimates, these may be required on the application.
When a home owner obtains the permit, it is done at the loss of the ability to file a claim against the guarantee fund in the event of an unresolved dispute against the home improvement contractor.
Make sure you include a request for an on-site inspection for the work performed. This may be an additional fee in some areas.
See the link to the FAQ for MA Building Permits
You can do so as a homeowner but don't. You take on responsibility and liability that there is no need to do. Besides, when your contractor goes to pull the permit themselves the local building dept will check their licenses and insurance. For that and many other reasons, hire the licensed contractor and have them pull the permit.
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I hope this helps.
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Many homeowners want to tackle renovation projects as DIY(Do it Yourself) and don't realize that more oftenm than not they lack the experience and the proper tools to complete the job and at the end of the day they would have spent less money and had less srtress and frustration had they just hired a contractor in the first place. TLC has made home improvements seem easy!
In regards to permits, the answer is "it depends" ~ and it depends on the type of work being done.
For example, most heating, plumbing, and electrical work does need to be permitted.
General carpentry work can usually be done by the home owner.
If you're looking at homes that NEED repair, and you're looking at foreclosures, you'll find that most will need work and in some cases you'll need to secure a rehab (203K, FHA or otherwise) to take care of the work. 203Ks/Rehab loans do require licensed contractors ~ and the process for underwriting is a bit of a challenge.
Hope that helps a bit ...