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NeeleyDan 08-10-2011 08:53 PM

Remodeling previously finished basement
I recently purchased an older home, originally built in the 1950's. Sometime during the 60's or 70's, the then owners apparently decided to finish out the basement. As such, the basement is technically "finished," but is in definite need of a remodel.

For the most part, all this remodel will consist of is paint, laying down carpeting, and putting new ceiling tile up (using the same hardware that was already there). As far as I know, these kinds of repairs generally don't require a building permit.

However, I'm also considering walling off a section of the basement in order to make an office of sorts, which would require getting a building permit.

My question is this: If I get a building permit for the wall, does that also allow the inspector to inspect the rest of the basement as well? I had the house inspected before purchase and it was fine, although I am unsure if he inspected the basement as well.

While the finishing of the basement seems to have been done quite well, I have no idea whether it is or was up to code. I would hate to open up a huge can of worms over a simple wall.

Ron6519 08-12-2011 10:56 PM

When the basement was finished, it required a permit. You can easily find out if this was done.
While the house inspector wouldn't know if the basement was legal, not inspecting it would have been neglegent. Didn't the report mention the heating plant?
You lawyer should have overseen the homes legality through the papers filed at the local building dept.

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