Spring is not far off, and as the temperature heats up, so does the state’s housing market. Residential home sales and new listings tend to tick upward starting in April, peaking throughout the summer months.
This can lead to home buyers feeling real pressure to act fast. But if they act too quickly, they could overlook a fairly common problem: unpermitted work.
How unpermitted work happens
When property owners make notable renovations or additions to their homes, they usually need a permit form a local authority. This is the city’s way of trying to ensure the work is done safely and follows building codes. However, obtaining a permit can seem inconvenient and lead to delays. It is not uncommon for homeowners to remodel without seeking the proper legal permits.
Fast forward a few years, and imagine this person is now selling the home.