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Dear PoPville – How hard is it to work on your own house in DC (permits, bureaucracy etc.)?

by Prince Of Petworth January 24, 2014 at 2:30 pm 37 Comments

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Joe in DC

“Dear PoPville,

I am thinking about purchasing a house in DC in the next few months. But before I take the leap, I am curious how hard it is to work on your own house in DC. For example, I buy a place and it needs a new roof. Having done roofs before and given how small the footprint of a DC row house is, I’d consider doing the job myself. Or, perhaps I feel like painting my house. How many hoops am I am going to have to jump through to make improvement to my home (inside or out)? Are there certain things that only licenced contractors are allowed to do?

Thanks for any help PoPville might be able to provide.”

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