1. Do I need a building permit?
This will depend on your specific project, but in most cases the answer is yes. With a letter of authorization from the client Jim can apply for and pick up a building permit on your behalf. The Municipality of Shelburne, through their Shared Services Agreement, administers building permits and inspection services for The Town of Shelburne, Town of Lockport and the Municipality of Shelburne.
In addition to a building permit, you may require a Development Permit if you are building or renovating in the Town of Shelburne or Town of Lockeport.
From the Municipality of Shelburne Website:
When is a Building Permit required?
– New Building Construction
– Structural Changes
– Building Demolition
– Building Relocation
– Change the Use of the Building
– All sheds, garages and accessory structures (see exceptions below)
– Decks and stairs
– Roof enclosures over an existing or new deck
– Alterations/Renovations (see exceptions below)
When is a Building Permit not required?
– Alternations and Improvements to a building that have a dollar value of less than $5000.00
as long as there are no structural changes
– An accessory building that is under 215 square feet and is only 1 storey in building height
– Cosmetic work (painting)
Do I need a Building Permit to replace an existing deck?
Yes – this is structural work and a Building Permit is required
For more information on Building/Demolition Permits please call: 875-3494 Ext.237
Building Inspector: Andrew Goreham
Deputy Building Inspector: Tina McKay
More information can be found at: http://www.municipalityofshelburne.ca/top_links/inspection/building/building/index.php
2. Do you carry Workers Compensation (WCB) coverage and insurance?
Yes, we are registered with Workers Compensation of Nova Scotia for our employees and we protect your investment by having Commercial General Liability Insurance. Proof of insurances is available on request.
3. How long will my project take?
How long a project takes depends on a number of factors and the details. Be clear about what you want. A project’s detail and the weather can impact a timeline. Jim will do his best to estimate when the project will start and finish.
Jim takes the time to get to know his customers and what they want for their finished project. Starting with a pictures or rough drawings makes for simpler planning. It’s important to have some idea what the finished project will look like, know your budget, and the quality of materials you want used. Jim can provide a rough estimate or an exact quote, whichever you choose you can be assured you will get an honest estimate of time and costs involved.
Jim works with his clients to ensure they understand the work that is required so that there are no surprises. Keep in mind that little extras can add up! Once the project plan and budget have been completed and agreed to, any change could affect the cost and cause delays in the work. Changes in the work or materials will be discussed and agreed too prior to the work being done.
4. How do we plan for our project?
Jim can help you plan your project from start to finish. One of the benefits of hiring a professional carpenter is knowledge and experience with project planning. Expect him to offer suggestions and comments on the National Building Code and how to achieve your building or renovation goal and what can be accomplished within your budget.
Professional contractors appreciate the opportunity to explain their suggestions and answer questions to your complete satisfaction. Jim believes in being approachable and always having an open line of communication, you are encouraged to visit the job site often to see the job progress and offer input, after all this is your home.
5. How do you price your jobs?
This will depend entirely on you and your preference, time plus materials or quoted price. Billing and payment arrangements are an individual preference and will be discussed prior to work commencing, we will work with you to make satisfactory arrangements.
Time plus materials:
Jim will provide you with a rough estimate of time and cost for the job. All hours worked and materials used will be invoiced on an agreed upon schedule.
Jim will prepare a quote that will clearly describe the time required to complete the job and the materials that will be used. This will be your total cost for the job. Changes can be made, but they will affect the quoted price and will be discussed and agreed to prior to the work being done. A satisfactory billing schedule will be arranged.
We try and budget for the unknown, but there is always a chance of unanticipated problem that we have no way of knowing prior to starting the job. For example, we cannot see rot which is under walls and floors until we tear out what is covering it. In cases like this we will assess the problem, suggest how to repair it and provide you with information on the cost prior to doing the work.
If you are getting several quotes for a job, make sure that each contractor is quoting on the exact same work, using the same materials and finishes. Make sure you get the quality, materials, workmanship and management ability you want.
6. How many crew members do you have?
All projects are managed by Jim and he works with his crew daily. Generally he has 1 – 2 crew members with him and can bring in extra help if the job requires. Jim also has a good working relationship with a range of certified tradesmen and works closely with them on every job.
A small crew is Jim’s preference because he prefers to be on-site daily to maintain high quality, efficient timelines and a tidy safe job site. As a result homes, cottages and renovations can be completed with the highest quality in a reasonable time with a small crew working side by side.