Originally Posted by Tom Struble
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.