Real-Life Experiences of Not Getting Permits
Though we acknowledge the strong temptation to forego the permitting process, we would be remiss if we did not share real-life experiences of homeowners that did go down the non-permit route, with horrifying results. Please learn from their mistakes, prior to embarking on your next project.
It is also important to conduct permit searches for any property that you may be interested in purchasing. The renovation process for a newly purchased home can present especially challenging situations, if, in the process, it is discovered that previously conducted remodeling was not permitted.
If you are already convinced of the importance of permits, these tales can help persuade other resistant stakeholders of your project, as well. Remember, not all projects require permits, but we cannot recommend strongly enough to conduct thorough due diligence prior to starting your project. Do not let these misfortunes happen to you!
To learn more about permits, read Renovation Permits 101.