Two years ago, when we started this adventure, we decided to get a Building Permit for our work on the house. The permit listed me and my husband as the General Contractor. At the time I remember feeling like a total boss – the local municipality had considered us capable of spearheading a whole-house renovation. Whaaaaaat?! I mean, how cool is THAT?!
I was excited to get started. I was ready for the adventure. And I was officially, legally, in charge. So bring on the safety goggles and lets tear down some walls!
Two years later, I’m no longer excited about our building permit – I’m ready to move on. I’m ready to live in and enjoy our house. And I’m over the eyesore papers blocking our living room window. I’m now anticipating being awarded another legal document – our Certificate of Occupancy.
Unlike the Building Permit, we have to earn this piece of paper. Only after three electrical inspections, four plumbing inspections, a structural inspection and a final inspection – could we be awarded our Certificate of Occupancy. So two years and nine inspections later, we applied.
Then, oh so casually, a handwritten envelope arrived in our mail one evening. Not thinking much of it I opened the letter from the borough. Oh my gosh, it had arrived! Our day had come – we passed! And we could officially live in our house – no further inspections needed! We were, in a sense, all done.
As any homeowner will tell you, you’re never really all done – but the major renovations are now documented and part of the past. Looking ahead, only small project remain – ones that don’t require permitting.
It’s nice to know that our renovation was by the books – we did everything right. Even though we were novices, the blind leading the blind, our job was a success! Additionally, when we go to sell our house we can legally list the extra bathrooms, bedrooms, remodeled kitchen and updated plumbing, and electrical systems. And no one can question our quality of work.
So go us. And excuse me, again, while I high-five myself!