The condition report that is required with listings in Wisconsin read:
"No permits have been pulled for the finished lower level."
Our Buyer''s offer read:
"Seller at Seller's expense to pull all required permits and furnish closed inspection reports by the municipality."
From the school of "Been There and Have Seen That" not pulling permits can mean walls coming down, licensed contractors doing thousands of dollars or work because the Selelrs chose not to pull permits and have licensed contractors do the work that protects the safety and integrity of the property. Some people don't pull them out f ignorance of the consequences. Some people don't pull them because they believe it will save money in property taxes.
The Seller countered back....no...they would not pull permits...they would not have the property inspected. And we advised our Buyers.....to "just say no."
They were disappointed...but wisely agreed...that the Sellers negligence could cost them thousands of dollars.
Permits are important....Buyers if your Agent does not ask if all permits have been pullled...you may have the wrong agent. Sellers...whether you have the work done or it was done without permits before you bought it....do the right thing before you put the property on the market and be sure the property is safe for the new Buyer.
If you are looking for agents who are very conscious of what work requires a permit and will advise the highest and best action be taken by both Sellers and Buyers...Call the Hansons...we are honored to be of service for all things real estate in southeastern Wisconsin.