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Unread 06-05-2019, 06:20 PM   #1
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Something to ponder for DIY'ers

When, as a DIY'er, not as a professional, do you feel it necessary to pull a permit?

When you run a new electric circuit?
Or a new sub-panel?
Do something that you haven't done before and just want it checked?

How about if you replace all your faucets?
Replace a toilet?
Turn a Tub/Shower into a full shower?
Add a complete bathroom in the basement?

Replace an Exterior Door or Window with one the similar size?
Knock down a non-load bearing wall?
Replace an exterior window or door with a larger one?
Move an exterior door or window to a new location?

How about if you convert your basement to a livable area by adding 2 bedrooms, and a bathroom?

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Unread 06-05-2019, 07:02 PM   #2
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I see permits as extra protection for less than what I save to hire a pro. As a realtor it also helps to show that something like an extra bedroom or bathroom is "up to code". Certain things like a single circuit or toilet replacement, come on nobody cares and it wouldn't be worth it. A major Reno, subpanel, or messing with water supply lines I would definitely get it done. Exterior work is 50/50 for me.
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Unread 07-03-2019, 01:51 PM   #3
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Re: Something to ponder for DIY'ers

I think for small jobs (replacing faucets, window replacement, doors, etc) pulling a permit is overkill. For anything where you are going to have to mess with the "bones" of the house (load-bearing walls, adding a whole new bathroom, mess with electrical or plumbing) pulling a permit is almost a necessity.
I just did a complete bathroom remodel in St. George and pulled a permit just to be safe.
And you should probably check and see what your city requires.
Good luck!
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