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Things to Consider Before Having a Deck Built Part 2


By William McCracken, owner of BCM Home Improvement, LLC, located in Marlton, N.J.

At this time of year, you may be thinking about getting a deck built at your home, so you can enjoy the warmer weather in style. 

There are a lot of considerations that go into constructing one, including the building materials and the size of the deck.

But the most important thing to consider before you take any other step is getting a permit.

Permits (and the building codes they enforce) are by far the most important considerations for homeowners who want to protect their investments. Permits are required in most situations for decks. As a homeowner, you can run into serious problems such as structural deficiencies or code violations when you try to sell your home with a deck that was built without one.

When buying a home, make sure to find out if the proper permits were pulled for any of the work done around the home that required them. Even if you DIY the deck, get the permit and ask for help to ensure it is done correctly. If you hire a professional, make sure he or she got the proper permits and that the contractor is properly licensed in your state to do the work. Contact your local municipal government for permit information.


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