Leading indicator in UH shows rebound
Homeowners' increasing investment in repairs and remodeling is considered a leading indicator, one that predicts the future, of an improving economy. By any measure, University Heights homeowners are investing in their homes.
On June 21, Building Commissioner David Menn reported a 20 percent increase in permit applications as compared to the same period in 2009. Menn also reported a 100 percent increase in contractor registrations for the same period.
Because of the filing fee, contractors do not file registrations unless they have a job in the city. "I think it is a very good sign," Menn said. The building department also published a comparison of permit fees charged by neighboring cities. The average fee (calculated by this writer) is $28.75 for University Heights, $42.50 for South Euclid, $40.63 for Cleveland Heights and $53.75 for Shaker Heights.
The UH building department is a resource for city homeowners. The experts in the building department are happy to respond to homeowner requests for guidance on options they are evaluating for remodeling or repairs. One contractor may convince you that a new electrical supply is required for a job, another says what you have will be fine. Not sure what to do? Contact Dave Menn’s office at 216.932.7800. The building department team will explain code requirements and identify alternative options.
Anita Kazarian, a marketing professional and longtime resident of University Heights, is a frequent contributor to the Heights Observer.