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Whether you’re just getting started or plan to expand your existing business into Maryland, you should have some idea of what you’re getting into before undertaking constructions projects in the state. Otherwise, you may find yourself spending a lot more time and money than you expected.
At the top of your to-do list should be obtaining any licenses and permits required to complete your project. On its website, the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (DLLR) lists more than two dozen different professions that require a license from the state. General contractors are not on the list. However, several aspects of a construction project do fall under the categories listed. If you plan to hire any of the following professionals, make sure they are properly licensed:
Heating, air conditioning, ventilation, and refrigeration (HVAC) contractors
You should also check for licensing and permit requirements at the county or city level. A list of relevant departments can be found on the msa.maryland.gov website under the “Local Government” tab if you click on the “Permits & Inspections” link. If you plan to build in Baltimore, for instance, you will need to comply with regulations from the Baltimore City Permits and Building Inspections Office as well as the Baltimore County Department of Permits, Approvals, and Inspections.
In Maryland and the D.C. metro area, you can find six basic types of soil: sandy, silty, peaty, chalky, loamy, and clay. Each comes with its own set of characteristics and considerations, but some cause more problems than others.
For instance, clay is rich in nutrients, but it expands when wet and hardens and cracks when dry. Over time, as the clay shifts, it can damage the foundation of the structures built on it. This is a potential problem that contractors should be aware of and plan for.
Maryland contractors should also be aware of the state’s propensity for sinkholes in places with chalky soil. According to the Maryland Geological Survey, sinkholes are especially common in the Hagerstown Valley of Washington County and the Frederick Valley of Frederick County (due to limestone), as well as the Wakefield Valley of Carroll County (due to marble).
If your project site lies in one of the valleys mentioned above or has soil with a high clay content, you may need to take special steps to guard against foundation damage. For instance, you may need to compact the soil with a sheepsfoot or rubber-tired roller.
Plan later stages of your project with equal thoroughness. Will you need an aerial lift to move materials or elevate workers? If so, consider renting a boom lift, scissor lift, manlift, or forklift for days when it will be needed. You can also rent larger equipment, such as an excavator or backhoe, that wouldn’t be worth purchasing for a single job.
Once you’ve done your research, obtained any licensure required by your county, and prepared for potential problems, you’re well on your way to running a successful construction business in Maryland.