If you are going to swing a hammer..........

Real Estate Agent



If you are going to swing a hammer...GET A PERMIT!!! 


I cannot tell you the heartache that I've had in the last dozen or so
homes that I've sold where the seller, looking to expand their horizons
(well maybe that's a bit lofty...they probably just wanted some extra
living space) decided to finish a basement. 
And so they did. 
Exactly that. 
Just finish the basement. 
But, how do you know the town approves of it, and why should you care? 
There is no other way to know that you have a performed work that is
legal without obtaining a permit from the town. 
Of course, nothing is a problem...until there is a problem. I called
town hall regarding a basement that was finished without a permit 17
years ago. 
If you have already done work to your home and are wondering, go to the
town, "pull a permit" and get a C.O. (certificate of occupancy). This
should be done whether you are planning to sell your home or not. 
I had one attorney tell me that as long as you are not changing the
footprint of the house, you don't need a permit, and that is just not
true (atleast for all the towns that I cover). 
Please, protect yourself and your investment and make sure that the
work you do is up to standard and up to town code by making sure you
have a permit!!! 



Karin Stocknoff 
The Kasey Group 
Raveis Real Estate 
C# 209-2468 


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Jon Cagle
Senior Loan Officer at US Bank Home Mortgage - Eugene, OR
Lane County Oregon - Direct FHA, VA, USDA Lender

Karin, great post! I have had several loans die because the seller did work or had work done without permits. It is just a good thing to do!!

May 18, 2011 07:48 AM #1
Victor Zuniga
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Properties - San Diego, CA

In some neighborhoods here in San Diego there's many homes that have had changes done many decades ago that are basically now grandfathered in. A home inspection will of course reveal some things but there's only so much it can reveal.

May 18, 2011 09:02 AM #2
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