Skipping the permit
There’s no denying that getting permits can be a pain. For one, they add another cost to your likely already-stretched budget. For another, inspections by local authorities can slow down the work or even bring it to a halt altogether. But, having the right permits in place is a crucial factor when you eventually go to sell your home down the road. Not having them could cause your eventual sale to fall through. Worse, if the new buyer were to get hurt because of unpermitted workmanship, you could be sued.
If you’ve hired the right kind of contractor, he or she will most likely take care of the permitting for you, but that doesn’t mean that you can just brush this task aside. It’s up to you, as the homeowner, to verify that all of the correct permits are in place and that the work is being done to code.