Ding a Home Remodeling Project Without Permits?

If you are like lots of homeowners, the idea of making a home remodeling project legit with all kinds of permits obtained from the authorities will often seem like just too much hard work. A home redesign is supposed to be fun. It’s supposed to be about picking out a great new gadgets, tiles and faucets. Who on earth would want to bother with detailed plans and permits in the middle of such exciting times as a home remodeling project can bring you? You could tell yourself that you aren’t doing anything wrong, because you are hiring qualified and licensed professionals to do your house and everything is done to code. Who cares if you don’t have a piece of paper that certifies that everything is to code? Well, you’ll come to regret that line of thinking when you actually come to sell the house. You’ll have to do what lots of other homeowners do – sell the house without ever telling the truth about all the un-permitted remodeling that’s going on.
You will usually get into trouble though if the buyer has a closing agent or if they call in a home inspector. All they would need to do would be to take a look at the deed records or the records with the district. They mention everything about the number of rooms you have. If you construct a second bathroom, whether or not it is done to code, it’s going to really catch everybody’s attention.
Now you could just stay silent and hope that no one should mind since there are no code violations on the official records. But the peace of mind you get with knowing that everything is above board can be hard to put the price on.
There really should be no need to be so stealthy about your home remodeling project. Coming clean and making everything legit doesn’t have to be expensive or troublesome. The government departments that you’ll need to come clean to are usually very understanding. If you happen to live in a district that’s particularly cash starved though, you might find that they can be sticklers for the rules and can impose fines.
And yet, the fines are usually no more than twice what you would have paid for the permit itself. But if the buyer of your home decided to sue you for unauthorized work, you could potentially be out a great deal of money. Paying twice what you ordinarily would for a permit is far cheaper. Anyway, even if you’re not selling the house, your home insurance people, should you ever put in a claim, will find unauthorized construction the perfect excuse to get out of paying you.
Just think about it – if you could turn everything legitimate, you could really push all of the new stuff you’ve added, in the advertisements. You get a better price. It could just be worth it.

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