If you ordered a carport, and you have hired a trained subcontractor to install your new carport for you, there are a few things that you can do before the subcontractor arrives to install the new carport to make the installation process go as smoothly as possible.

#1 Obtain a Building Permit

The requirements for building permits not only vary greatly from one state to the next, but they can also vary from one community to the next. Check with your local building department to see if you need a building permit for your new carport. If you need a building permit, be sure to obtain one before the subcontractor arrives, and make sure that both you and the subcontractor are on the same page with all the building code requirements.

#2 Mark Utility Lines

Second, contact your local utilities and find out where all of your utility lines are located. Make sure you know where all gas, water, and electrical lines are located. In most areas, you can call 811, and they will come out and mark where all of your utility lines are located. Your contractor is going to need to know where all of the utility lines are that are near the site of your carport.

#3 Have a Level Area

Third, you need to have a level space for the carport to go. If the contractor is going to put down the concrete pad for you, you can assist by removing the dirt and leveling it out. This will make it easier for the contractor to put down a concrete pad for your metal carport. If you already have a concrete pad in place, make sure that it is level. If the concrete pad is not level, you may want to bring in a concrete contractor to help level up the pad before the carport is installed.

#4 Clear the Area

Finally, you need to clear the area around where the carport will be installed. Move all of your vehicles out of your driveway to allow the contractors to pull up close to the worksite, reducing the amount of space they need to walk between their work truck and supplies and the job site.

Move all items that are near the job site, such as your lawn mower or your wood pile. You don't want to leave any personal items on the job site or near the job site. Remember, the contractors are going to need room to maneuver and work, so make sure that you provide them with a safe space to do so.

Before your contractor arrives to install your new a-frame carport, make sure you have a building permit if you need one, mark where all the utility lines are at, provide a level area for the installation process, and clear the area to make it easier for the subcontractor to work.

For more information, contact your local A-frame metal carports service. 

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