Surprise Structural Changes. No one knows what secrets are hidden behind walls until the drywall and insulation come down. Contractors should plan for hidden structural risks and be open with the owner that a project's budget and schedule may be potentially impacted once demolition begins.
Getting Up to Code. Before a renovation begins, it’s important to pull any previous permits to see what has passed inspection and what needs to be brought up to code. That way, you’ll avoid having to repair completed work in the design and build process.
Permits are Expensive. Budgeting for permit costs is key. Permits can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars depending on the work that needs to be accomplished.