Out and About in Wickford RI: September 2012

Did You Pull the Permit for the Room Addition?

Did You Pull the Permit for the Room Addition?  So my client said he did not do the room addition but it was waterfront RI real estatedone prior to the closing when he bought the home.  This is a conversation I have always when a room looks new or the client shares with me it is new upon listing a home.  However, this brings up the conversation on permits.  A permit is to be pulled when you do alterations to your home whether it is a new roof, electrical changes, add a bath, etc.  Barbara Todaro's post the other day immediately brought to mind what homeowners continue to do out there without permits.

 
Without a permit pulled for doing a room renovation or addition can negate an insurance claim if you have a disaster in your home.  Believe me I have seen that happen to homeowners.  Your insurance company will check out that all permits have been pulled by you or your contractor.  DO IT, please.  It is one cost that is very little compared in the overall risk possibility you can face.
 
When selling your home, I have had sellers argue with me about pulling permits for room additions or renovations done and including them in my detail property descriptions.  I do what is legally done to protect the homeowner and myself as the Realtor.  If you did not pull permits, those updates are visible to all but not included in my advertising or descriptions.
 
Recently one of my sellers who has waterfront RI real estate had been previously misinformed by the Realtor who had sold him his home.  He was furious since he was told that all renovation permits were pulled & signed off on for final CO (certificate of occupancy) and as his representative she had verified that was true.  The sign off by the town never happened.  So what was he to do?  He went to the building inspector, upon my urging, explained the issue and the building inspector came out with his crew and inspected. My seller was not penalized by the town.  Unusual?  Yes, perhaps but the building inspector was actually 'shocked' that the homeowner would come to him and realized it was not his fault and issued the final CO! 
 
Think beyond the dollars at the time for future issues when trying to cut corners on your home renovations, please.  Need someone who will guide you well on your home sale to protect and guide you?  Please give me a call at 401.529.7849 to discuss your needs.  Did You Pull the Permit for the Room Addition? 
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Comment balloon 16 commentsGinny Gorman • September 29 2012 04:50AM
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