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As the construction season is upon us, the Lombard Community Development Department encourages residents and businesses to:
• be wary of contractors soliciting business door-to-door or come to your home uninvited. This includes individuals informing you to make repairs immediately, making claims that they have extra materials from another job, or that you need to sign contract papers that day.
• check for a permanent place of business and telephone number.
• question businesses that can be reached only by leaving messages with an answering service, drive unmarked vehicles or have out-of-state license plates.
• secure multiple bids on the job. Question quotes that are significantly below other contractors. Make sure that they are each bidding the same materials and work to be performed.
• look for a company that readily offers client references and a list of similarly completed projects.
• obtain a written contract signed by both parties.
• be cautious in dealing with a contractor who asks for a large down-payment. Pay the contractor at the end of the job, or pay only for the portion of the job that has been completed. Avoid making final payment until you have received a lien release.
The Village of Lombard is your ally in the construction process. The permit process includes contractor registration and the collection of related information. When you secure a building permit and have your contractor schedule inspections, you are purchasing another set of eyes to help ensure that your project is being constructed per code. “Projects constructed without permits may be code deficient. This can result in additional costs in modifying or reconstructing an improvement to bring it into compliance. Additionally, when you sell your residence or business, many buyers contact the Village to verify if improvements were done with permits. If it was not completed properly, this can impact a potential sale,” noted William Heniff, Community Development Director. “Our goal is to get residents and contractors information they need to move forward on projects. If your contractor states that the Village is holding them up from completing your project, please feel free to call the Village directly.”
If you have any questions about construction activity, the building permit process or how the Village can help you make your project a success, please feel free to contact us at (630)620-5750.