By Helen Callier
November 16th, 2022
Okay, you’re right “Play Ball” is two words and appreciate you paying attention to details as keen observation will be a required skill going into 2023.
I enjoy networking with Contractors, Developers, and others in the Construction Industry. I recently attended the American Turkic Real Estate and Construction Summit in Houston and here’s the bottom line for 2023 economy in the Texas and in the Houston area: slow growth, slowing growth, let’s go, we’re up for the challenge, respectively from the Dallas Federal Reserve, from a Banker’s panel and then from a panel of Builders and Developers.
While construction and other key market data may indicate certain economic conditions going into 2023 and beyond, here’s what the PermitUsNow team knows: regardless, if the construction market in your region is hot, cold, or lukewarm, there is one thing for sure; and that is obtaining a building permit in a timely manner is crucial for the success of your project. Having a building permit when it is required helps to start construction on time plus aids in completing construction ahead of schedule or at least, on time. And when finishing according to your project schedule, your customer can start operations and begin reaping a Return on Investment (ROI) and as the Contractor, you can smile with glee with another profitable job if all other key metrics fell in line.
A good friend of mine and a legacy in the Construction Industry – Mr. Pat Kiley always says, “you ought to thank your lucky stars that you’re in Texas!” I agree and going into 2023 and beyond, Houston and Texas for the most part are expected to be resilient. Slow growth in some areas, maybe, but realize that some Contractors will continue to be bullish and grow according to their plan. Will their growth be exorbitant as during the pandemic where for example, pre-pandemic large homebuilders would average about 5% to 7% Net profit and during the pandemic, Net profit rose to 20% and even higher which is wild. So, while the construction industry was healthy for many contractors and builders pre-pandemic, the reset or settling in to a new norm will require a different strategy and set of skills to maneuver including with permitting.
Again, whether the construction market is hot or appearing to flatline, following the 7 steps below are important for your success in obtaining a building permit in a timely manner.
- Do your upfront work (preconstruction)
- Review your plans and permit package before submitting to jurisdiction
- Track, monitor and respond to any comments
- Pay for and pull permit with stamped approved plans
- Call for required inspections
- Close-out and obtain Certificate of Occupancy or Certificate of Compliance
- Say “Thank you” to your customer and team
2023 and beyond will be challenging for many Contractors, Builders and even Architects that lack having a written plan to navigate permitting and changing market conditions. Those that find themselves in this situation can avoid fretting and can leverage key resources like PermitUsNow to assist in obtaining building permits. PermitUsNow lives and breathes jurisdictions across the state of Texas, Louisianna and other states and are available to handle your building permits.
You can call PermitUsNow at 1.844.PERMIT.4, we are committed to pulling permits for our Architect, Contractor, and Project Owner clients without delay, eliminating their frustrations with the permitting process. Plus, we make it easy for you to work with us. Simply: 1) Email us your plans, 2) Follow up on our feedback for any missing items, and 3) Let us get your permitting done for you. So, send us your plans today and we’ll free you up to focus on doing what you love – building your customers’ dreams. #BuildSafe