You know, this business is definitely not for the faint of heart and the ability to adapt and take the good with the bad will show in the end if you will survive in the long run. With that being said, this week brough an inconvenience and some unnecessary stress in dealing with permits and it comes courtesy of the Newark Permit Division.
When you take permits out, the town/city will 1st verify that the owner listed on the permit matches the real owner. Being that we recently closed on this property, tax records are not instantaneously updated in the system when we were ready to start working...basically day two or so of ownership, so in order to proove we have full ownership, we included a copy of the DEED along with the package. Well, thats how i handed it in, but after the package got moved around...the Deed somehow vanished. Heres the kicker...We submitted two packages: One for the roof and another that included the electric, plumbing, building and fire applications. The town approved our roofing package, which needed the Deed like the other package, but said they didnt have the deed for the main package. Long story short, i told them that the deed was submitted and the lady who helped me even made the copy herself, and although they dont have it now, a copy was in the other roofing package (like they couldnt just figure that out on their own). Anyway, they made another copy and put it back in the right place, but there is a formal process with permits and we basically have to start from scratch and are now back in the waiting process for the package to be approved. So how long will this process take, maybe two to three weeks. Fortunately, there is enough work to do in other places where most things can get, but it does throw a wrench into the mix as now we have to adjust what work is to get done and in what order.
Well, it is what it is, the bathrooms and kitchen areas can only get done to a certain point and then its a hurry up and wait game until the permits are issued where we can schedule rough inspections and close up walls. Hopefully, we can just progress with all other prep and get as much done as possible so that when we get the go ahead to close up walls we can take this deal to the end.
Not the worst thing to happen, just a hurdle we need to get over and deal with another week slow down in the project. Of all the times i have submitted a permit package, sometimes they move fast, sometimes they move slow, but this is the first time an integral part of the package was lost and we had to start over. Like i mentioned in a previous post, there is always something to learn...except in this case there is nothing i can do in the future to prevent this from happening, except know that ANYTHING is possible.
Back on track and tomorrow i will go over a new game plan and take it from there.