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The Manchester Star-Mercury. The Meriwether Vindicator. The Harris County Journal. The Talbotton New Era. The Hogansville Herald. Wednesday, Sept. 21- Friday, Sept. 23, 2011. Page R-1 Every home project begins with an idea and ends with the culmination of the job. In between, there are three main components of an improvement project that can mean the difference between success and frustration: Planning, permits and protection. PLANNING The initial stage of a renovation is the planning stage. Planning is when a home- owner works through the concept of the proj- ect and determines what is necessary to com- plete the task. Many people find it helpful to write out plans and draw up the concept on paper. This doesn't require expensive architectural soft- ware. A simple piece of graph paper plotted with measurements and a sketch is often suf- ficient for small projects. If the job will be expansive and require an architect or engi- neer, he or she will often provide a technical drawing. If the project focuses more on decorat- ing than building, some find it helpful to cre- ate a design board. This is where fabric swatches, paint color samples, pictures of furniture and accessories, and any other com- ponents of the room are put together. Having a design board enables the homeowner to go to the store with board in tow and match up items to things in the store. Anot her part of the planning stage is estab- lishing a budget and determining the pro- ject's financing. It can be helpful to make a list of all income and expenses and find out how much funding is left over for a project. When getting estimates on the work, whether it will be done by a contractor or a Dig proj- ect, the homeowner should then make a list of approximate costs (rounding up) and then compare it against the available funds. PERMITS Many projects, especially those involv- ing building, demolition, electrical work, or mold remediation, require permits issued by the.town, province or city in which the work will be taking place. The purpose of permits and subsequent inspections is often questioned by homeown- ers looking to circumvent the system. However, building permits are required to ensure public safety, health and welfare as they are affected by building construction, structural strength, zoning, and code require- ments. In essence, building permits are how the government regulates safety and pro- tects both current and future residents of the property. In many cases, homeowners will need to visit the municipal building in their respec- tive towns and apply for a permit. The per- mit may not immediately be issued. Oftentimes, there is a waiting period during which the project's legality and safety is examined. Once the project is approved, the applicant will be able to file for the actual permit(s). There is usually a fee or fees for permit application, which covers any cleri- cal work. Work should not begin until a permit is received, and then the permit generally has to be placed in plain sight, such as in a win- dow of the building. Depending on building codes, inspections of the work may need to take place after all of the project is complet- ed or during certain phases. For example, the building of a deck may require inspections REMEMBER THE THREE 'P'S - Before starting the three 'P's: planning, permits and protection. after footings are installed and secured, and before the upper portions of the decking mate- rials are attached. If an inspection takes place afterward, the inspector will be looking for key code issues to determine whether the work was completed successfully. If a con- tractor was used, he or she may have to be present at the time of the inspection. If the work passes, an approval will be given and put on record. If the work fails, applicable repairs will have to be made and a re-inspec- tion will be scheduled. Should a home be put on the market, all any home project be sure to consider permits may need to be on file or in the home, owners' possession in order for a certificate of occupancy to be issued to the new buyer. Failure to have permits can hold up the process or result in fines. PROTECTION Homeowners about to begin a project also need to emphasize safety. There are a num- ber of things that can'be on hand to make a work environment safer. These include: * Eye protection: This is especially impor- See PROJECTS, Page R2 12 East Third St_eeet Beautiful, historic brick home with large private yard! 3BR/2BA upstaris and 1BR/1BA on main floor. Pdced at $209,500 Call Brad Foster /~= ;;?zi r,,.: ; I 110 Minnie Mill Lane (Thmnm g and ,pacious 4BPU2BA home on p, iv.,. ~ul ,i,: ~.~ iot in Warm Springs! Move- > t~ad, ,~ ;[l.:in closets, wood burning fire- p]a,e md ~o.ipIc~-lv updated! 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