I have a listing that we discovered had open permits dating back from a previous owner over 30 yrs ago...this was discovered by a simple trip to the town's building department.... it cost $120 for the new inspections.
The inspectors (both building and electric) found a number of issues that needed to be addressed/corrected, and yes, the owner has paid to have the work done.
We are awaiting the final inspection which will finally close out any open permits.
Then we will close on the home.....the new buyers were fine with the fact there were open permits, just as long as they were taken care of.
You owe it to yourself and to any future buyer to know what needs to be addressed.
You also need to make sure your taxes are adjusted for whatever additions are in place....and that the true assessment of the house is on record.
Sorry, but disclosing "what you do know" (which seems very limited), in my opinion, is not enough. You already know way too much about things that were and weren't done to act uninformed.
Best of luck to you!
Real Estate Consultant
Atlantic & Pacific Real Estate
North San Diego County
Go to the city and see if there are permits. If you donâ€™t' have permits, I highly recommend getting permits if you can.Your property value is ONLY WORTH WHAT IT IS PERMITTED FOR. You can sell however you want as long as you disclose everything. Your property will go up significantly when selling as a 3 bedroom then 2 1/2 baths, then a 1 bedroom 1 1/2 baths. Contact me if you would like, I can do a free market analysis for you and give you a property value non-permitted and permitted.
My Best Always,
Real Estate Consultant
Pacific Sothebyâ€™s International Realty
San Diego, CA
It sounds as though the City may not be a reliable source if information given what you have said. Michael's direction is accurate, see what they can tell you about exactly what has been permitted.
From there, you may have to utilize a structural engineering firm to investigate the remaining history.
If you are looking to permit after the fact, you would be subject to the building codes as they are written TODAY. That means tearing open walls, bathrooms, etc. for structural, plumbing and electrical inspections...to name a few. Anything they note, would have to brought up to code...and that is where it gets expensive.
What happens when you sell, is the appraiser can ignore any square footage that you cannot prove exists. That would mean your appraisal may be done using 1 bedroom, 1.5 bath comps.
Best of luck.
Mark & Kari Shea
Shea Real Estate
Serving Greater San Diego
In our area, we have courtesy building inspection.
The buidling inspector comes in, and, for free, comments on how you can resolve the current issues.
My clients had a similar situation about a year ago.
We invited the inspector, he checked their files, didn't find any plans, and suggested for the contractor
or an architect to prepare existing plans, bring all to code during remodeling, and that's it.
They did just that and now are in the clear - with the new floor plans on file in the city.
Hope this helps,
Beachfront Realty, Inc.