A few weeks ago I wrote about inspecting a home where an addition had been built with a permit, but had not been inspected. Fast forward to this week and it was Deja Vue all over again.
The listing boasted of a total renovation in 2007. That immediately sent up my antennas. It wasn't long before I found something that told me this renovation project had probably not been inspected.
This side porch as any one can see is narrow. Not to mention the non existent handrail.
As an aside a handrail is not a 5/4 board or 2 x 4 or 2 x 6 set on top of the guard rail.
The stair treads measured just over 32 inches. With the addition of the guardrail there is less than 30 inches of width. A stair landing should be at minimum 36 inches as should be the stairs.
A storm door has not been installed on the doorway. I would suspect because a 32 inch door would not swing fully open on the narrow landing.
Other deficiencies were found inside the home during the course of the inspection. I advised the client to check on the permits for the work. He informed that he had done so already and found records of permits for the renovation.
I asked if they had been closed. I got "the look" from him and his agent.
What does closed mean he asked. I told him that would mean the town inspector had inspected the property and issued a CO.
I got a call later that afternoon from the customer's agent to let me know that the permits were still open. All I can say is I wasn't in the least bit surprised.
If you're a real estate agent and you are going to take on a new listing with renovations to the home, make sure the clients have pulled and closed all permits. It can save a whole lot of trouble later on.
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