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Getting Permits AFTER You've Done the Work

Real Estate Agent with Royal LePage Benchmark

April 4, 2013

So you've decided to sell your house and you know there's a lot to do before the sign goes on the front lawn. Your real estate agent may suggest you declutter, clean and make minor repairs. They may also ask you to find all the paperwork regarding your nice basement renovation just in case someone asks. Everything was done by professionals but you didn't pull permits.

  It is becoming increasingly important to make sure you have permits for all development (especially basement)  and renovations (eg kitchens and bathrooms) in your home BEFORE you put your house on the market. More and more buyers (and insurance companies) are asking to see the permits before  waiving  conditions. SO what happens if you didn’t get permits when you developed your basement or renovated your home? Well in Calgary and Okotoks you contact a company like Equinox Electric. Here’s what they can do for you:

 ”By pulling a Concealed wiring permit we can permit electrical work previously completed, as long as we get it up to the current codes. “


Here’s how it works:

  • First they inspect the previous work
  • Then they will inform the client of the electrical code issues
  • Then they explain how they intend to fix any issues and discuss a price
  • They then come in at a convenient time and do the work discussed
  • Last step, a city inspector comes in and checks that it meets the code requirements and signs off on the job

 This is what impressed me about them: “Equinox Electric Ltd has been offering Concealed wiring permits for 2 years with 100% of those jobs passing inspection and getting the Stamp of approval from the city.”




Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide
Karen-you are correct about this, many of non permitted work could be permitted after inspection. Some projects would need more work and on occasion ripped out or structure torn down.
Apr 04, 2013 06:30 AM
Marnie Matarese
Showing you the best of Sarasota!

Nothing can kill a deal faster than work done without a permit.  Great post and now I run down all permits for work that my sellers have had done.  More often than not they just thought it was permitted.

Apr 04, 2013 06:41 AM
Gayle Beyer
Welcome Center Realty 772-336-8583, FLA777 - Port St Lucie, FL
Port St Lucie FL Real Estate Broker

Unpermitted work can be more common than suspected. Here in the Port St Lucie FL Real Estate Market we see it alot and most get sold to cash buyers or investors. Then to go get the permits you pay double if you can find an engineer willing to sign off on someone elses work.

Apr 04, 2013 07:09 AM
Karen Salmon
Royal LePage Benchmark - Okotoks, AB
Okotoks Real Estate Agent

Peter- I just had a client who had to rework their laundry room because something wasn't done quite correctly

Marnie- or at least prepare them in the event a buyer asks for them

Gayle- it's very common everywhere!

Apr 04, 2013 07:25 AM