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Old 01-23-2013, 09:27 AM
 
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Hello Guys,

I am thinking to renovate my old house in Darien and I need to apply permits for pluming, electricity and construction. I was wondering how long does it take after me and my contractor file the application for permit?
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Old 01-23-2013, 12:38 PM
 
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If your contractor is a local guy (and I do recommend going with someone local) they can answer this question best. I do not think it takes long unless you are doing a significant expansion that requires a zoning approval. Jay
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:12 AM
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At the most 2-4 weeks; definitely go with a local contractor but make sure you get at least 3 bids and personal references.
You will have to pay more with a local contractor; (they need to be able to live in Darien too) but if there are any sticky issues that arise and sometimes they do with inspections, permits, changes whatever; having someone who knows the ins & outs of the local town and how it all works is waaay better! Also, one piece of advice is do not try to recycle anything;
I tried trying to be green and that older window that seemed fine; or that piece of wainscotting that should be ok; forget about it. Not worth it. You are doing a renovation so unless it's of historic or architectural significance go all new. Also try to take in all considerations; for instance if you are thinking about an addition think about how your landscape will be affected; think about drainage plans and make sure in include plans for all of that in your budget. This all helps when getting approvals. Planned drainage and screening (new plantings) are big issues for your neighbors; you want them on your side; so they don't object to any of your plans.
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