Q & A Saturday – Can I Sell a House with Unpermitted Work?

Welcome to our Q & A Saturday video.

In these Q & A Videos we will answer your questions about real estate.  Any real estate related topic from questions about selling your house, buying a house, real estate investor questions, land lording questions, local market questions and many others things are all fair game. 

Today’s question is “Can I Sell a House with Unpermitted Work?

Building Permit - Unpermitted Work - Massachusetts and New Hampshire Real Estate

In this video Shaun talks about some of the issues that come up when trying to sell a house that has unpermitted work.


Some of the main points covered in this video are:

1)      Why people don’t get permits

2)      Buyers worry about safety

3)      Buyers worry about quality (Are you cutting corners?)

4)      Your town might not be happy with you

5)      The Bank might not give you any credit for it


Many people will have work done on their property without getting the required permits.  If you do the work yourself or hire an unlicensed person, or just a shady one, there are some jobs that a municipality will require permits.  If these are not pulled then there can be several issues that come up if you want to sell your house.  The first kind of issue will be around your buyer.  If you are trying to sell your home on the retail market the buyer will likely get a home inspection and if there is major work done that did not have the proper permit pulled they might have concerns about safety and about the quality of the work. 

However the biggest problem can come in if there was major work done without a permit and the buyer’s bank appraiser does not give “credit” for it.  For example say you put on an addition that added 400sqft and a full bathroom and did not get any of the permits, the bank may refuse to count those items and value your house relative to smaller houses with 1 less bathroom.  This of course can be a drastically lower value.  Similar things can happen with things like finished basements, decks, winterizing a 3 season porch and other high value additions.



Do you want to sell a house with unpermitted work?  Do you need to sell a house in Massachusetts or New Hampshire and are not sure if the lack of permits will kill your sale?  If you would like to sell your home fast and hassle free schedule a consultation with us today.


Hope you enjoyed the video and leave any other questions you have about the topic below or any other topics you would like to see covered in future videos.  I encourage anyone that has things they would like to talk about to let me know what they are.  You can always fill out a contact us form here and put Q & A in the subject, just leave a comment with your questions below here, send an email to info@masshomesale.com, or post it on our Facebook page or Twitter account.


Some useful resources:

–          Our Main Article on Selling a Home As Is.

–          All of our Articles and Videos on Selling a Home As Is.

–          Good article on the Importance of Getting Permits.

–          If you want to sell a house in Massachusetts or in New Hampshire we can help.





(Image credit: Building Permit Clipart via Fairfield, OH City Website)


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