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Old 02-19-2012, 11:50 PM
 
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Default remodelling permits and selling a home...

Anyone have experience with selling a home recently where some remodelling (elec) was done that should have had a permit, but a permit was not pulled?

hoops gone thru to get thru it?

Can you retroactively get a permit in milwaukee, i know some places allow for this.

we are looking to put our house up soon, i did the work, not investigating the need for a permit for residential elec work, the work is all done correctly as i spent some time working with a commercial elec outfit.

thanks!
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:43 AM
 
Location: East Side Milwaukee
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Anyone have experience with selling a home recently where some remodelling (elec) was done that should have had a permit, but a permit was not pulled?

hoops gone thru to get thru it?

Can you retroactively get a permit in milwaukee, i know some places allow for this.

we are looking to put our house up soon, i did the work, not investigating the need for a permit for residential elec work, the work is all done correctly as i spent some time working with a commercial elec outfit.

thanks!
Ok, so I had a family member in the same exact situation that was selling their home ~12 years ago. The buyer's inspector didn't make a fuss because all the work was professional level, even without the official permits. The house sold without a problem, despite the heavy concern from my relative.

If you're going about getting a permit from the city, they will want to send out an inspector & you'll probably need to open up walls for them to inspect. You'll need a rough & finish inspection. There is also the possibility of getting quad-fee'd, which is what happens when work is found to have been completed without permits.

I've had work inspected & they are good people overall to work with... very knowledgeable & helpful but like any place, some have egos.

If I was you, I would not attempt to get a permit. However, that's taking you at your word that you've done the research beyond asking the putzes at Home Depot what's 'code'. In the end, if there's a fire because of bad electrical & no permit, can you defend against a lawsuit?
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