Q: Do I need a permit for my project?
A: Most construction projects that update or change the structure of your home will require a permit. Each jurisdiction has slightly different requirements, and one of the easiest ways to find out is to call and ask.
Q: How much does it cost to acquire a permit?
A: The cost of a permit depends mostly on the projected value added to your property. Another factor is the difficulty in reviewing the jurisdiction; for example, if there needs to be wetland mitigation or drainage studies, permitting will cost more.
Q: How soon will my project be completed?
A: The total duration of your project depends on the size, scope, and jurisdiction. Our team will address this when we meet with you and can usually give an estimated construction time. As we work through the Pre-construction Process, we will be able to schedule the project and provide a much better answer to how long it will impact your living space.
Q: What is Verum's payment schedule?
A: Our payment schedules require an initial payment at signing. This allows us to order materials and schedule the job to ensure it runs smoothly. The remaining costs are tied to job activities. On a job over $50K the initial payment is 30%, and under $50k is 40%. An example payment schedule for an outdoor living space is as follows:
Q: Can I purchase materials myself?
A: Yes, but – this strategy does not work most of the time if you want to do this to save money. Often a general or subcontractor can get better pricing and mark up their materials to cover overhead business costs. However, we will work with you if you have access to a one-of-a-kind item, as we wouldn’t want to miss it.
Q: What is a general contractor? What do they do?
A: A General Contractor, in true form, is a construction manager responsible for the overall coordination of a project. As the main contractor, they will take a project from blueprint plans to completion and coordinate everything along the way. From coordination with owners, material acquisition, hiring, and management of subcontractors, to jobsite maintenance, quality control, and more, this is a big job and is taken seriously.