Originally Posted by Stephan_K
There is a couple ways to look at this. One is that most house "flip" jobs do not get into "remodel" work that requires permits depending on the local building regulations and work being done. So after contacting the building dept and hearing that no permits were pulled means diddly squat unless you live in an area that requires permits to simply look at your house with both eyes at the same time like ours.
But if any foundation/additions, electrical, plumbing or mechanical work was done, then a permit should be a must no matter where you are located. There would definitely be something to be concerned about if purchasing a house that had any of these types of work done and no inspections or permits pulled on it. Can you say red flag !
What I have noticed over the last few years is that as industry has been leaving the area, those getting laid off have turned into "professional" construction workers. These so called pros are getting away with all sorts of things in the residential construction world. This has hurt the residential construction industry pretty bad around here too. Everyones a roofer or a carpenter. Doing work for a fraction of the actual cost of a reputable business because they do not have any of the overhead that a reputable outfit has. And as depressed as this area is becoming, it is nothing but fuel for these type of activity here.
When buying a house that is being flipped so to speak, get a disclosure as to what work was done to it and who did it. Then do your home work. If they do not disclose it then you have 'something" to go back on down the road should something go wrong. If you have a limited education in the building field, don't be afraid to spend a few bucks on a home inspection service. You won't be sorry. Well worth the few hundred bucks when making an investment of this sort.
The electrical service was all supposed to be updated yet the breaker panel had incorrect size breakers, several of which could have caused a fire.
There is also a bedroom constructed on top of an old wooden deck, then the visible appearance of a deck was hidden behind wood sheathing and latticework.
This area always gets alot of pooling of water around posts holding this thing up. We have had ice crystals on our clothing several times in this bedroom's closet because it got so cold in there. I had to have another insulation company come and blow in insulation AGAIN, since when Real Estate Solutions sent some one out the first time, the bedroom and family room did not have the correct depth of insulation needed. My contractor said there was about 2 inches up there, he had to blow in another 6 inches to properly insulate those areas.
BTW, we had an open carport in which this company turned it into a family room, but did not have permits/inspections in order to do so.
I am not wanting for this trustee and Real Estate Solutions to go under, just that they do their work to current building codes where required and the required inspections by the cities that they are in. They need to be concerned about the safety of the consumer, A.K.A. the home buyer, when it comes to the house.