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Ask An Attorney: Real Estate

I want to expand/renovate my home, where do I begin?

There are many steps necessary to prepare for an expansion. Before hiring a contractor you need to acquire an updated property survey. An experienced real estate attorney should review the plats to ensure you are in compliance with the county zoning requirements and all setback and critical area restrictions. If you violate these restrictions during your expansion, it can be very difficult and costly to correct the problem. When beginning your search for a Home Improvement Contractor, you should obtain multiple bids and have your attorney check each contractor’s MHIC licensing status. Upon hiring the contractor, ensure that a written contract is drawn up and executed, to protect all parties and help prevent surprises through the rest of the expansion. Call Hillman, Brown & Darrow to jump start your fall renovations today and schedule an appointment with one of our real estate attorneys.