Did Someone Just Put Lipstick on the Pig?

Did Someone Put Lipstick on that Northern Virginia Home?

Northern Virginia homebuyers are you sure that pretty house you are in love with is all that it seems?  A recent home tour uncovered a house that looked terrific.   Granite counters, stainless steel appliances, beautiful bathrooms, large lot, great price.  Everything that a Northern Virginia homebuyer is looking for.  But hold on a second what about the permits and inspections for all of the beautiful remodeling work?

Sure enough a check of the Fairfax County Building Department  finds permits issued and none of them with a completed status next to them.  Out of all the permits pulled by electricians and plumbers we couldn’t find any that said the remodeling work had passed inspection.  Since the property is being sold “as is” chances are that it might not even have an occupancy permit for the new owner to be able to move in.

It is an issue that buyers in Northern Virginia face everyday when they look to purchase a foreclosure or short sale.  Since most of these properties are sold “as is” you don’t have many outs when it comes to discovering major defects. 

If you see a home that is in the middle of a major remodel take a few minutes and check for building permits and inspections. 

Arlington Virginia

Alexandria Virginia

Fairfax County Virginia

Prince William County Virginia

If you have questions most of the city and county government agencies are more than happy to answer them for you.  Before you sign on the dotted line for your new home in Northern Virginia make sure you have looked deeper than the pretty bright lipstick.  Hopefully you will find your dream home is all that you want it to be but if not you have saved yourself a lot of money and heartache.

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