Why You Need to Know About the Latest New Jersey Permit Rules

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Roofing and siding permit rules sound dull? Think again! If you’re a New Jersey homeowner, keep reading to learn about the latest changes to state laws that could save you some hard earned cash!

New rules went into effect last week making it cheaper and easier for residents to have common household jobs done. Residents don’t need to purchase permits to replace a roof or siding on single and 2 family homes. Other household jobs that no longer require these permits include drywall, indoor plumbing replacements, irrigation systems, alarm systems, and chimney lining. This could spell major savings if you’re in the process of updating your home!

Now these jobs fall under the umbrella of regular household maintenance according to the state. This saves both time and money. Contractors won’t need to go through the approval process and purchase these permits. Since contractors have to bill for hours spent on a job, this means less work for them and more money for you!  Just how much money will this save homeowners? On average sized jobs, this will save $200-500.

If you’ve had to do something like this in the past, you likely rolled your eyes at this extra expense and hassle. You’ve probably also gotten annoyed at the extra time it took to complete your repairs. As a homeowner, this will make these jobs go even faster in the future. 

Although most of the changes sound like win-wins for homeowners and contractors, there a few things to keep in mind. Homeowners are no longer protected by the inspections that used to take place for this sort of work. This simply means that homeowners should be more diligent. Check for all the appropriate licensing from your contractors. Ask your network of friends and neighbors for recommendations. It also pays to read reviews on websites before hiring a contractor you’ve never used before. Of course, you should have done this even before the permit changes! But it’s extra important to do now.

If you’ve been thinking of ways to improve your New Jersey home, you’ll be glad to know that the process is now a bit easier and all around less expensive. With spring on the horizon, now is a great time to make these improvements to increase your home’s equity and benefit from this new shift in state policy. If you are searching for a reputable contractor in the area, we have personally worked with a few and would be happy to connect you with them. 

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Emmons Roofing & Siding, LLC

With inspections no longer required for roofing jobs, this will bring a lot of unreputable roofing contractors out of the woodwork as it will be easier to get away with doing shoddy work. While we love the idea of homeowners being able to save some money and the fact that we can now avoid the hassle of having to get permits, we also don't want homeowners getting scammed. Our advice always remains the same: Do your homework! Research the contractor! Ask questions! Ask for a copy of their license and insurance paperwork! Follow these guidelines when considering hiring a roofing contractor: http://emmonsconst.com/blogs/choosing-a-roofing-contractor.html

Mar 30, 2018 07:19 AM #1
Sal Poliandro - NJ Bergen County Realtor
RE/MAX Properties - Ridgewood, NJ
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Thanks for your input Emmons Roofing. Your blog is informative as well. 

Mar 30, 2018 07:23 AM #2
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