How Important Are Permits and Finals?

If you’re a Silicon Valley homeowner, you will sometimes need to replace elements of your home, such as the roof or water heater, or do repairs or remodeling to keep the home functional, comfortable, and efficient. Kitchens and bathrooms need to be updated from time to time, and sometimes remodeled. These repairs and remodeling projects often (if not always) require permits and finals.

Will you apply and pay for the required permits and finals?

What difference does it make if you do or do not get them?

Will it matter when you sell your home?

If you’re a Silicon Valley homebuyer, the whole idea of buying a home without all the necessary permits is a bit spooky.  My buyer clients often hear or read something like “garage conversion done – permits unknown” or “kitchen remodel done by contractor but without permits”.  They worry about the consequences of buying homes with non-permitted work, so let’s talk about the issues involved.
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