Reality Show...Reality Check!

Real Estate Agent with Sun Realty NC

Home improvement shows are inspiring some people to opt for the remodel of their dreams. It seems that a host and a homeowner can do anything, but are they doing it correctly? What you DON”T see is the platoon of workers and the professional sub-contractors that work behind the scenes and make things happen. Plus, they never give a timetable of events, or even discuss pulling permits.


Completion in one weekend…REALLY? All we see is demolition and the final product. There is a lot of planning that needs to occur in order to get the project to completion. If you are purchasing a house with recent upgrades, then make sure the homeowner didn’t cut corners and that all the required permits were pulled for the work done.


NOTE: When you decide to finish any unfinished space in your Outer Banks home, get a permit. It will save you aggravation in the future, and it will make sure that the work is done in a professional and safe manner. When I do an multiple listing search and see that a house is listed as a 4 bedroom / 3 bath house, that's what I expect to see when I get there.  When I look at the tax record and it states 3 bedrooms / 2 baths, a RED flag goes up. Also, when it states that the property has an unfinished storage area, but I arrive and it has a finished storage area, I get suspicious that the renovation was done without including the local inspection departments.


Additionally for Buyers, make sure your home inspector checks the new work! Having a complete home inspection will help to rule out any problems and point out any areas of concern. Remember, knowledge is power, so learning about the home before you close the deal on it will keep you from making a mistake that may cost you extra money later.





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Comments (3)

David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

Yeah that always pissed me off seeing that. I cant get a basement finished in under 3 months but an entire home can be built in 7 days??

Aug 24, 2015 09:43 AM
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

Get a great contractor if you want it done fast.  If you don't care if it's piece meal, then take one little job at a time.

Aug 24, 2015 09:58 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Hugh - A lot of non-permitted remodeling was getting done here over the last 10-15 years, and a lot of it was very shoddy. It often left me questioning what they were thinking.

Aug 24, 2015 02:55 PM