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Old 08-23-2010, 02:27 PM   #16
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Thanks guys, I guess I know what to do . . .

Not to complain or anything but you guys never did answer a fairly critical question from my original post: Would groveling help when meeting the Code Enforcement Officer? Gnashing my teeth? Sobbing for forgiveness? My SO suggests cookies. Maybe groveling, gnashing, sobbing AND cookies?


Just kidding

Well maybe I'm not completely kidding. I'm not above groveling if I think it'll soften Mr. Code Enforcement Officer's heart.

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Old 08-23-2010, 02:35 PM   #17
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Thanks guys, I guess I know what to do . . .

Not to complain or anything but you guys never did answer a fairly critical question from my original post: Would groveling help when meeting the Code Enforcement Officer? Gnashing my teeth? Sobbing for forgiveness? My SO suggests cookies. Maybe groveling, gnashing, sobbing AND cookies?


Just kidding

Well maybe I'm not completely kidding. I'm not above groveling if I think it'll soften Mr. Code Enforcement Officer's heart.
That will only work if you give him a paid vacation so he will look the other way
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Old 08-23-2010, 03:03 PM   #18
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I would go in & ask how you find out if the prior contractor pulled a permit for the prior work completed
You thought he did...but not sure
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I own a company that specializes in after the fact building permits. And I can say that the building dept. in every jurisdiction is a problem.....I know I worked there for 26 yrs. So come clean and let an expert do the work for you ....that's if you value your time and your sanity.
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Some really good responses.....the general gist of which is to come clean....in the end, the truth is always better.

One thing to tell the SO....if you ever sell the house....the new buyers might check to see if you pulled permits for the changes....if not....they either back out and get their deposit back....or they talk you down in price.....and that is if your lucky and they don't report it....

Humble stupidity might be your best option....
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cause it will come back to bite you when you try to sell your house
In every thread like this one, your statement seems to appear sooner or later. For the most part, in my experience it's completely untrue.

In 40 years, I have owned ten houses in seven different states. Some were purchased knowing there was obviously unpermitted work, which I later fixed. I also did some amount of unpermitted work in all of them, including kitchen and bath complete guts. Never once did I have an issue selling any of them.

I've only ever gotten two permits in my life. One was for a premanufactured Amish shed that just sits on the ground. Ridiculous - the inspector "inspected" it without getting out of his car. A waste of $78. The other was to construct my current house, a log home that my wife and I built almost entirely with our own hands. Tough to slide that by without a permit.
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In every thread like this one, your statement seems to appear sooner or later. For the most part, in my experience it's completely untrue. .....
I have to agree with this. I know for a fact that every home that i have ever owned/sold (including the current project) had unpermitted work done to them. I know this because in each case I have been to the building department, and seen what they have on file. Not one of those homes was hard for me to sell because of that. In fact, I have never been asked that question, by a realtor or a buyer.

I think it would be a safer bet to state that "In some areas, the lack of permits might cause issues when selling a home."
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I own a company that specializes in after the fact building permits. And I can say that the building dept. in every jurisdiction is a problem.....I know I worked there for 26 yrs. So come clean and let an expert do the work for you ....that's if you value your time and your sanity.
Since you are replying to this 2 Y E A R S after the last post was made, I have this funny feeling they probably already sorted this out

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