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Regarding permits for a remodeling project

Hi everyone,
I am planning on having small bathroom remodeling project done. Just wondering if I need permits for the same?

The project includes relocating vanity and toilet. Since, this is an inside the home modification, do I still have to obtain permits for this? The job will be contracted to a licensed remodeler who says there is no need of permits. When I called permits department they told that we need to obtain permit. If I don't have permits now, will this be a problem at the time of resale or any other consequences because of this?  Experts please advice.
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May 31 2012 - O Fallon
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Indeed Permits are needed. We have seen this with Basement finish projects many times in O'Fallon.  Better to deal with it now than after your home is under contract.
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June 11 2012

Pulling a permit for any remodeling job is a wise idea.
Many "Contractors" are trustworthy and competent but not all.
Having your local building codes department preform checks on the work will insure you a safe and code built project.
Also the person who said no permit is required is no real contractor and to me is highly suspect.

Good Luck!

James Callas - Realtor®

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June 01 2012
I'll cast a vote for the permits, also.  Not every Buyer cares about the permits, but the Buyer who likes your home might and it could be a deal breaker.
The cost is so small that if the building department says that it is required, it's worth it.
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You got the right information from the permits department.   Plumbing and electrical modifications require permits (as well as any potential structural changes). 

Should you chose to skip permits and later sell the house, don't be surprised if the buyer asks to see the permits.    If no permits were taken out, they may ask for you to obtain them and get them signed off before they will purchase.   We did so related to a kitchen remodel and it cost the seller almost $10,000 to get the permits, inspections, sign off etc.
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