Get the proper permits before remodeling your Modesto real estate

Remodeling certain aspects of your home may help to increase its resale value on the Modesto real estate market. In all likelihood, you'll need to apply for and receive a building permit from the city's Building Safety Division, so you'll want to contact them as soon as possible with the details of your project.

To begin this process, give the Building Safety office a call - the number is provided on the Division's website. They will let you know if your work is extensive enough to require a permit. Examples of typical projects requiring city authorization include kitchen and bathroom remodeling as well as any changes that involve altering the electrical or plumbing systems of your home.

You might also want to call the Planning Division to see if your property is subject to any city zoning restrictions as a precautionary measure.

Obtain the permit application form from Modesto's website and submit it as soon as possible. In addition to the form, you'll need to include four complete sets of your building plans, one set of scaled-for plans, and two sets of either structural calculations or state energy forms, if necessary.

Upon submission, you'll need to pay a pre-plan check fee. The price of this will vary depending on the scope of your project - you'll find out the amount when you submit. Other fees may apply after the permit is approved.