To permit or not to permit

to pull a permit on not pull a permit simple question rights. Not so fast. Just turn on any of those flipping shows on TV and see how they rip out walls and change the whole layout of a house in just 30 min. but wait. Where’s the permit.  . Did they get any kind of engineering done before removing that loadbearing wall. Who knows that's just the magical of  TV. The rest of us it's not that easy so here's the question again to comment on not to permit that is the question. So like most things in life let's do pros versus cons.

We'll start with the pros

Why pull a permit. Whether you are a first-time flipper or a seasoned pro it is always good to have the backup of your local building department. A permit requires that all work done on the house is inspected by a building inspector.  Why is that good. It's guarantees that any work performed on the house has to ideer to the international building code (IBC). The IBC is the uniform code used throughout most of the United States. By having the work inspected that guarantee that all the work has been performed to the standards of the IBC. When you go to sell the house having a signed comment will always work in your favor. The problem with buying old houses is you have no idea who did previous work on the property. Was it a licensed professional or was it a handyman special. It's always a good idea to go to your local building department and get a history of permits pulled on the property.

When is a permit required. If you are just doing lights cosmetic improvements to the house like painting(sanding of old trim with lead paint the exception)trim work, carpet, hardwood flooring and so on a permit is not required in most states.  Always check with your local building department prior to work. If you are removing walls changing layouts adding additions any plumbing or any electrical work a permit is required. One simple conversation with your local building inspector will put you in the right direction.

The cons

There are only a few reasons not to pall a permit. First the cost of the permit which really isn't much by adding to the bottom line on your project.Every penny helps. Second waiting to have inspections can often add a lot of time to your project working around the building inspector's schedule sometimes can be difficult. Plan ahead. Third.  just like everybody building inspectors have good days, and bad days. Not that this should affect any inspection of any work performed by its dose. Ask any contractor and I'm sure they can tell you some stories about inspectors not having a good.

I think at the end of the day you should strongly consider pulling a permit. If you do perform work without a permit and you do get court you could be fined and the work that has been performed may have to be removed. I've heard stories of people adding an entire second floor to a house that had to be removed. do the job right the first time. Sell the house and move on. You do know once a lawsuit on your hands.