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Old 02-20-2012, 11:19 AM
 
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If you are looking at a house for sale and would like to know if the addition of a bedroom a long time ago was properly permitted and approved is there a way to check without calling atention to it with the county..If I call and ask I am afraid that if it is not permitted that they will then investigate..

I can ask the sellers but I like to double check their information.
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Old 02-20-2012, 12:16 PM
 
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If you look the house up on wakegov.com, click on the notes on the top and it should tell you if any permits were ever issued. Are you in Wake county?

Other option is ask the realtor if there is one involved.
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Old 02-20-2012, 12:17 PM
 
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Why would you care if you are calling attention to it with the county?

I'd ask the sellers and if they say yes it was all done properly, then I'd call the county to confirm.
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Old 02-20-2012, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Why would you care if you are calling attention to it with the county?

I'd ask the sellers and if they say yes it was all done properly, then I'd call the county to confirm.
Furthermore, I wouldn't buy it if it wasn't done properly.
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Old 02-20-2012, 12:35 PM
 
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Anyone can search the records. For example...you can go to the Wake County Real Estate Data website and enter the address. You can see the previous owners, additions, all kinds of data about the property.

I'll post the link and hope it is allowed...although it is a .com address it is obviously not selling us anything.

Real Estate Search
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Old 02-20-2012, 02:55 PM
 
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The addition was added in the 80's and current owners don't know.

Thanks for the link.

I think that it is showing that it was done with a permit.

Why do I care about calling attention..because with my luck I will buy the house and a week later Wake County will tell me it has to be torn down
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Old 02-20-2012, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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If you find out that it wasn't permitted, MLS rules say it can't be counted as square footage. If it wasn't permitted, I'd want it to be permitted asap. For one reason, if it wasn't permitted, it is ILLEGAL.

Secondly, you don't know if it was built to code and if you had a fire and your insurance company found out it wasn't permitted, they may not pay out to rebuild. This could be a safety issue.

Thirdly, when it is time to re sell, it will become an issue. It can be costly to get it permitted after it is built and a homeowner can be fined for it not being permitted.

Vicki
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Old 02-20-2012, 06:56 PM
 
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Interesting this came up today because I just looked at a house yesterday with the same issue, except that the additional area actually doubled the size of the house so that is huge. My realtor sent their realtor questions about this last Thursday and we haven't gotten a response. Is this common? Incidentally, in this case, the owner of the house also owns a local construction business.
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Old 02-21-2012, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Furthermore, I wouldn't buy it if it wasn't done properly.
Just because there was a permit, doesn't mean it was done "properly". I guess I am skeptical, as I was around in the early '80s when Cary did their "drive by" inspections. I did part-time electrical work for awhile and have seen some of the work done by the "professionals".
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Old 02-22-2012, 08:00 AM
 
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Just because there was a permit, doesn't mean it was done "properly". I guess I am skeptical, as I was around in the early '80s when Cary did their "drive by" inspections. I did part-time electrical work for awhile and have seen some of the work done by the "professionals".
While that may have been true, I don't believe it is the norm... you're talking about 30 years ago! The main thing to remember is that there is a paper trail on properly permitted and inspected improvements/changes done to a property. For insurance and future sale of the property, this paper trail is very important.
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