Yes you will need an architect to do drawings and find a licensed contractor. I have worked with a really professional contractor Eugene Fahey and his number is 773-447-9687. Who ever you choose as your contractor will have to get permits from the City of Chicago do the work.
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Hello Supper! :)
I know you might have thought of this but....to be sure speak to an attorney. If funds are low....call City of Chicago's hotline 311 and ask for free legal advice resources.
I hope for the best in your situation.
IL Real Estate Broker
A valid question, to be sure.
You probably have to ask your Building permit division; they are the ones who will make the final determination or refusal. This is not a case of asking forgiveness is easier than asking permission.... more
It is my understanding in a 203k transaction that you can only wear 1 hat. If you are the Realtor you cannot be the contractor, consultant or appraiser. I believe it's that way for any transaction really.... more
Longer answer: The association or management certainly can. Individual owners probably can't. You'd have to read your lease or (if it's a condo) your condo documents.
Management or the association may be required to provide reasonable notice . . . except in the case of emergencies, when typically no advance notice needs to be provided.
That information should be in your lease or in your condo documents.
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If the rehab is even basic you will need to pull permits. It's not a simple process here in Chicago. Yes, an inspector could give you an unbiased 'estimate as to how much certain things might cost, but it would just be a ball park estimate. If you get estimates from 3-5 contractors I think that would give you the same results, but with an inspector you culd continue to consult with him/her during the process if needed.
My web site has some Inspectors I use for referrals.
Your definition of a small job might be different than various contractors. Money is what usually gets peoples attention.... more