Sometimes it is hard to get work done in certain downtown Boston neighborhoods like Beacon Hill because of our strictly enforced building codes and laws. The cost of simple repairs can be very expensive if they are done correctly and the permits are pulled.
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It is tempting to have work done without pulling permits. There are licensed plumbers and electricians who do not like working on Beacon Hill homes because of all the rules and will do the work without pulling a permit. There are homeowners who do work without pulling permits and sometimes they just don’t know any better and other times they don’t want to work through all of the approvals when the work is finished.
My advice is before you put your home on the market look it up on the property look-up section on the city of Boston web site. If you home is like most older homes in Beacon Hill or Back Bay there will be open permits, closed permits, “finaled” permits and maybe if you’ll will even be permits that are “closed without approval”.
Boston condo buyers might want to check the condominium or Boston suburb home to see if there are any open permits before the sale closes, otherwise it could come back to haunt you when its your turn to sell.