Tips on Hiring a Building Contractor for Historic Preservation

Before you start your project, make a written list of the items that you have in mind, room by room, feature by feature. Access the library and internet to inform yourself about home repairs and home building/remodeling products. Read these guidelines and talk to the Historic Preservation Commission or staff about any proposed exterior work before calling a contractor or signing a contract that would commit you to a specific course of action. A contractor may not be aware of the requirements in historic districts or may not always tell you about a less expensive solution to your home maintenance problem such as repair rather than replacement.

City of Cedar Rapids Historic Preservation Commission Guidelines

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