3 years ago on 10/03/2019 at 9:35 AM
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Hi neighbors. We are in the process of buying a home in Park Ridge that will need some work. We're first time home buyers, and relatively unfamiliar with permits and all that goes in to updating a home. Could anyone provide some insights on things to do, look out for, etc? Additional information: we already had a home inspection and have an idea of the work. Electric work will need to be done either before we move in or during out first week there. We'll need landscaping and some outside work. Are there certain things we can't do with colder weather? Ex, I know asphalt doesn't settle well under a certain temp. Thanks for any and all information you can provide!

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3 years ago on 10/03/2019 at 9:38 AM

Check all plumbing run water for lest hr for inspection camera the sewer line some new home owners come to a surprise after 1 week or month living in house

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3 years ago on 10/03/2019 at 9:39 AM

For electrical work Gianni Marinelli

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3 years ago on 10/03/2019 at 9:42 AM

For general contracting/handyman/remodeling, you can contact my husband, Steve. PCM Construction. SJM461@gmail. com or 630-561-0206.

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3 years ago on 10/03/2019 at 9:52 AM

Permits in park ridge can add weeks to the process. Make sure whoever you use to do work is approved in park ridge too.

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3 years ago on 10/03/2019 at 9:56 AM

Good luck with permits in park ridge. They are tough but that’s what helps keep this a nice town

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3 years ago on 10/03/2019 at 10:00 AM

Hi, sending a pm

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3 years ago on 10/03/2019 at 10:04 AM

Hi! We can provide a price for the asphalt work and depending on the landscaping scope of work we may be able to refer a contractor for you. We are contracted and bonded to work in park ridge. Give us a call for a free estimate and to discuss the time to lay asphalt. Thank you Shannon Xclusive Cconcrete in Des Plaines!

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3 years ago on 10/03/2019 at 10:10 AM

Try XM Construction in Arlington Heights. They have done tons of large remodel projects at our house over the past six years. We are getting ready to embark on yet another series. Very creative. Total perfectionists and reasonable (not the cheapest BTW). They will do an awesome job.

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3 years ago on 10/03/2019 at 10:12 AM

Go with local contractors who are familiar with park ridge requirements, speeds up process immeasurably. Assume everything will cost way more than you thought and many of the updates won’t necessarily add monetary value to the property. Get flood control no matter what the previous owner told you about basement flooding (learned that one the hard way). Hope this helps

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3 years ago on 10/03/2019 at 10:14 AM

Were in the middle of a home renovation, our house was built in 1960 and we had to bring everything up to new code which added quite a bit, I'm not sure the scope of your project but the extras that park ridge required cost us more than we expected

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3 years ago on 10/03/2019 at 10:26 AM

Thank you everyone! This has all been incredibly helpful. Has anyone restored or replaced old windows? That is another item we'll need and I have no idea where to start with that.

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3 years ago on 10/03/2019 at 10:36 AM

We have replaced windows. It requires patience to sit through lengthy sales pitches but i recommend getting at least a couple quotes and understanding the details of each. Alternatively the contractor you use may just make the recommendation for you, if you trust them, and do the work?

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3 years ago on 10/03/2019 at 10:43 AM

Plan on at least 6 weeks, realistically 8 weeks for the permit process. It is painful to get approvals for you rejects and with the scope of yours it will take time.

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3 years ago on 10/03/2019 at 10:44 AM

IConduit Electric can help you out with the electric work. If you get them the inspection report they can give you an idea of cost.

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3 years ago on 10/03/2019 at 10:56 AM

Over see the work! make sure the company is bonded and insured and approved to do work in PR. get proposals from a few places of the exact work you want done so all are on same page. Before you put any deposits to start work, check out company with BBB. Good luck

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3 years ago on 10/03/2019 at 11:10 AM

We poured our concrete in November and the driveway in early December, but it all depends on weather. If you can get permits now or relatively soon, that may help. Sometimes permits are fast, sometimes they are slooooow. It can depend on what you are doing/how involved and who is looking at the permit for approval. Gianni Marinelli can help with electrical work. Villano Interiors can help with flooring, tiles, countertops, etc.

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3 years ago on 10/03/2019 at 12:09 PM

Camera Scope the sewer line during your inspection contingency to be sure there aren’t cracks. Rod annually to keep roots at bay. Invest in a flood system. Don’t expect to be able to remove trees. Unless they’re dead it’s hard to get a permit.

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3 years ago on 10/03/2019 at 12:28 PM

Viki Van Arsdale I would use an actual electrician and not a firefighter

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3 years ago on 10/03/2019 at 6:19 PM

For landscaping, I would highly recommend Belter Landscaping. Local owner who grew up here, great prices and high quality work. They've done plantings for us as well as a patio and understand the permit process inside and out. http://belterlandscaping.com

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