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
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I would engage the services of a local architect to do a feasibility study. If the architect believes it will be allowed, you'll need to present drawings to get the permit anyway. This process will involve both the Department of Buildings and Zoning.
A few things that may come up:
1. Two methods of entry and egress.
2. Parking restrictions
3. Floor Area Ratio Requirements
4. Mechanical Systems Upgrade
5. Attic Floor Structure.
Best of Luck
Keller Williams CCG
Keith- the Prices are right for purchasing, however they are also NOT right for selling. Good rull of thumb- Purchase price plus cost to rehab should net you 20% in a quick sale. Selling is tough right now, so if you can purchase plus rehab costs at 20% below and wait 3 years to sell you should be fine as long as you can rent it to cover the monthly costs It will be a good investment.... more