Unpermitted Work – But in Offer

We put in an offer on a house and later found out that there was a LOT of unpermitted work done on the home that wasn’t disclosed to us when we put in the offer. We haven’t had the inspection or appraisal done yet. I’m getting really nervous about this. List of unpermitted work includes:

x Finishing a basement completely, and all the electrical and plumbing for it

o There was sheetrock walls creating rooms and on the ceiling, there was also tile flooring

o Town has it as unfinished basement on the property card

x Finish a completely unfinished back patio, all the wiring that with that

o There is no longer a back patio. They completely enclosed it with sheet rock, put up siding around it, a roof, it’s now a mud room

o Town has it as unfinished unenclosed back patio

x Upgraded a 1.5 bathroom to 2 bathrooms without permits for the plumbing or electrical

x An above ground pool on the property that wasn’t permitted.

I’m still interested in the property if they seller can get permits for all the unpermitted work done. I think they have to do this in order to sell the home, period. Regardless if we end up buying it or not.

My real estate agent is pressuring us to go ahead with the home inspection. This is illogical to me. The seller cannot sell the house to us until they either get permits or restore to original, so why would we have an inspection done? I don’t want to waste the $700 on the home inspection. Seller could tear everything down to restore it to original (major remodeling) after our inspection has taken place and another home inspection would be required. Not only that, if they tear everything down to restore to original, then I would want to lower my initial offer significantly. The house we initially saw at our showing would have had major remodeling done and it would not be as we saw before we put in the offer if they tear everything down.

Even if the home is safe (which I’m sure it is). I’m really nervous about purchasing this home with all this unpermitted work. For insurance purposes, would I check off finished or unfinished basement, 1.5 bathrooms or two? If flooding occurs in the second bathroom, I assume our insurance would not cover it because that 2cnd full bathroom wasn’t supposed to be there to begin with and there was no permit pulled for it. I’m also concerned about taxes, and us not getting taxed the proper amount. Because the town thinks it’s only 1.5 bathrooms and an unfinished basement.

What do you recommend we do? I’ve already signed a offer. However all the unpermitted work wasn’t disclosed to us when we put in the offer. I want to tell my real estate agent that we cannot proceed further with purchasing this home until the seller pulls permits or restores it to original. This isn’t really to much to ask for, because the seller has to do this even if someone else purchases the home. If the seller restores to original, I would like another showing of the home and put in a new offer. Can I do that, even though we already signed an offer?

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We put in an offer on a house and later found out that there was a LOT of unpermitted work done on the home that wasn’t disclosed to us when we put in the offer. We haven’t had the inspection or appraisal done yet. I’m getting really nervous about this. List of unpermitted work includes: x Finishing a basement completely, and all the electrical and plumbing for it o There was sheetrock walls creating rooms and on the ceiling, there was also tile flooring o Town has it as unfinished basement on the property card x Finish a completely unfinished back patio, all the wiring that with that o There is no longer a back patio. They completely enclosed it with sheet rock, put up siding around it, a roof, it’s now a mud room o Town has it as unfinished unenclosed back patio x Upgraded a 1.5 bathroom to 2 bathrooms without permits for the plumbing or electrical x An above ground pool on the property that wasn’t permitted. I’m still interested in the property if they seller can get permits for all the unpermitted work done. I think they have to do this in order to sell the home, period. Regardless if we end up buying it or not. My real estate agent is pressuring us to go ahead with the home inspection. This is illogical to me. The seller cannot sell the house to us until they either get permits or restore to original, so why would we have an inspection done? I don’t want to waste the $700 on the home inspection. Seller could tear everything down to restore it to original (major remodeling) after our inspection has taken place and another home inspection would be required. Not only that, if they tear everything down to restore to original, then I would want to lower my initial offer significantly. The house we initially saw at our showing would have had major remodeling done and it would not be as we saw before we put in the offer if they tear everything down. Even if the home is safe (which I’m sure it is). I’m really nervous about purchasing this home with all this unpermitted work. For insurance purposes, would I check off finished or unfinished basement, 1.5 bathrooms or two? If flooding occurs in the second bathroom, I assume our insurance would not cover it because that 2cnd full bathroom wasn’t supposed to be there to begin with and there was no permit pulled for it. I’m also concerned about taxes, and us not getting taxed the proper amount. Because the town thinks it’s only 1.5 bathrooms and an unfinished basement. What do you recommend we do? I’ve already signed a offer. However all the unpermitted work wasn’t disclosed to us when we put in the offer. I want to tell my real estate agent that we cannot proceed further with purchasing this home until the seller pulls permits or restores it to original. This isn’t really to much to ask for, because the seller has to do this even if someone else purchases the home. If the seller restores to original, I would like another showing of the home and put in a new offer. Can I do that, even though we already signed an offer? submitted by /u/yoshimoshi6 [link] [comments]

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