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May 24th, 2016 10:25 AM
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This is the time of year when many home improvement projects are planned and completed.  But if renovations are done without a permit, it can halt the sale of a home in the future.  Each municipality establishes its own rules for handling unpermitted work and sometimes a presale inspection will identify those projects.  If so, the seller will need to bring up to code and have a certificate of completion issued before the sale can proceed.

Most unpermitted renovations are small scale.  Contractors that work on large-scale renovations will not do the work without pulling the proper permits.  But other projects could have cut corners:  a sink and toilet added to make a half-bath in the garage, a few new windows installed, or even roof repairs all done by a local handy man.   If any work was done by a previous owner, the current owner should consider going to their local building department to see what work does require a permit and then follow up with whether any permits were pulled and a certificate of completion issued for their home.

With a standard sales contract, the seller may be required to provide a certificate of completion for any work done on the house, but with an "AS IS" clause, the sale may be allowed to go through whether unpermitted work had been identified or not.  Either way, it can be a negotiating matter between buyer and seller.

Since there are tougher code requirements today, it is a good idea for home owners to always get the proper approvals from a municipality at the time the work is done, no matter how small the project, than to wait until selling the home and be faced with potential problems.   

written by Barbara Doeringer

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Posted by Allen Doeringer on May 24th, 2016 10:25 AMPost a Comment

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