Americans are learning to do more with less. This includes the American homeowner. Transitioning into a larger home or taking an extravagant vacation may not be the wisest decisions during these challenging economic times. Homeowners might consider creative opportunities to utilize their home to its fullest potential while also increasing the value of their homes.
Are you considering expanding livable space by finishing your basement or building an outdoor deck to make greater, more enjoyable use of your home? It is likely a wise choice. Simplify life and save money by having family celebrations at home rather than at fancy restaurants or rental facilities. Building an addition to your home or finishing your basement allows you the space to do just that – and comfortably!
Do you operate your own business? Consider the possibility of moving the operation of that business into your family home in order to save expenses. A key element to the successful operation of such a business is to have a separate space allocated to the business within your home. Check out useful websites offered by the State of Pennsylvania such as www.newpa.com or www.dli.state.pa.us for information on small businesses and related regulations.
Be creative with your home and its possibilities. Yet, be aware that your Township or Borough likely has ordinances and regulations governing what uses are permitted within your home as well as certain restrictions upon improvements made to your home. You might require a variance from yard setbacks on your property to build your new deck in the ideal location. If you want to operate a home-based business, you might need to show your local officials why you should be permitted to do so according to local ordinances.
Any one of the attorneys in our municipal law group can review local ordinances and help you determine if your dream for your home can become a reality. We can help you reduce costs by complying with the ordinances and regulations from the start of your project rather than deal with the financial repercussions of non-compliance.