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What to Know Before Starting Your Home Improvement Project in Oswego

May 06, 2014 12:09PM ● Published by Steven Jack

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Spring finally has arrived in Oswego, and with it comes the itch to get out there and do some much needed work on the house. 

Whether you’re a do-it-yourselfer or the homeowner who always calls in a professional there are a few things you should know before starting any project.

The village of Oswego requires permits before work can begin on many household projects. Fees for permits vary by project, and while it may seem these permits are another way for the village to collect money from residents, the permiting process also is meant to ensure that work is performed properly. 

The village of Oswego requires permits for the following residential projects:

  • Residential Additions
  • Garage Additions
  • Basement Remodeling
  • Window/Door Replacement
  • Roofs
  • Fences
  • Decks
  • Patio and Service Walks
  • Pergolas
  • Sheds
  • Driveway & Auxillary Parking Areas
  • Swimming Pools (temporary and permanent)
  • Lawn Irrigation
  • Radon Mitigation Systems

When hiring professionals to work on your home it’s important to remember a few key items. 

First, is the company licensed to work within the village? All contractors and subcontractors must be registered with the village’s Building and Zoning Department. Call Village Hall at 630-554-3618 for information on registered companies. 

Secondly, determine that who ever works on your home is fully insured with liability and woker's compensation coverage. If not, a homeowner could be held liable for any worker injury that occurs on their property.

“Ask who their insurance agent is and contact the agent directly,” says Dave Prinzi, owner of Fox River Lawn Care. 

It’s important to contact the agent, Prinzi said, because some contractors may purchase insurance, copy the certificate and allow the policy to lapse by not paying for it. 

“They can show you the certificate all day long, but it might not be worth the paper it’s printed on,” he said.

Finally, do your research. Ask for references and actually call them. If you don’t have time for that, most companies now offer testimonials on their websites. Sites such as Yelp and Angie’s List also provide a great starting point for customer experiences. 

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