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Old 07-30-2012, 08:27 AM
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I bought my house about 15 years ago and turned the detached garage into a music studio, basically just sheetrocked and put down a floor and an hvac system. I never got a C of O for it and now I want to sell the house. Was wondering what my options are, can I apply now or should I just rip it all out.

I figure I might get more money for the house with the studio intact but am wondering if I'm opening a can of worms that might be more trouble than it's worth.
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Old 07-30-2012, 09:15 AM
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You can always apply now. However a lot depends on your locality. Call your building department and ask a few questions.
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Old 08-01-2012, 08:03 PM
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If you apply now and it doesn't meet building codes, then authorities will make you bring it into "code standards/requirements"; or make you tear it all out=hopefully they won't "Fine" you too! No building permit, no building inspection, no C of O.

Maybe the realtor can sell it "as is". There's a lot of garages that have sheetrock interior walls; not unusual. A hvac system or additional electric wiring; that might be a problem=not sure.

I don't think I'd advertise the garage as a "studio". I would just call it a garage or a garage/work shop/storage; its detached=not attached to your legal living space home.

Maybe you can sell it "as is' with disclosure to the buyer.
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