VMT Construction offers a consultation and provide a fixed-price quote within 1 or 2 weeks of our first meeting. If a design contract is required, (also called a planning phase), the process can take 4 – 8 weeks to complete.

You’re asking for future headaches if you hire a general contractor who doesn’t pull permits. For example, if you’ve hired one who says that a finished basement doesn’t require any permits, chances are he’s one of those low bidders who isn’t willing to pay the $1,000+ in permit fees. He might also be hiding the fact that he’s not licensed in that city or county, which may mean his trade partners aren’t either. And most importantly, without a permit you aren’t guaranteed that the work will adhere to codes. Not only is that potentially dangerous, but you may have difficulty if you try to sell your home in the future.

Smart buyers will hire an inspector before purchasing any home, and that inspector will likely find expensive problems you’ll have to fix before closing the deal. But since our goal is to do the job the right way the first time, we will always pull all the necessary permits for any project. Doing so ensures we and our trade partners are licensed in your area and will complete their duties according to building codes.

It will take as long as it takes to finish the project the right way and to show our quality workmanship. And that’s exactly why we begin the process with a realistic bid and time frame. When we develop a schedule, we allow for down days—such as inclement-weather days where exterior work stops—and coordinate our trade partners’ schedules so they can complete work both effectively and efficiently.

In other words, we are going to provide a realistic schedule that allows every trade partner to complete their work and still adhere to our quality standards, even if that takes a bit longer than other general contractors.

There will always be some dust and dirt with any home-improvement project. But we perform daily interior and exterior cleanups, managed with actual checklists and processes. We do not leave materials or tools lying around the work area, instead storing them out of high-traffic areas and/or locations approved by the homeowner. Finally, at the end of the job, we will leave the work site as clean as when it started.

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