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9th June 2008

Do I Need a Building Permit when House Flipping?

Good question.  The answer nine times out of ten is yes.  Small jobs such as painting, minor changes of bathroom and kitchen fixtures will not require a permit.  However if you plan on doing anything electrical, plumbing, HVAC, structural, landscaping, etc a permit is normally required.  It also can save you money in the long run by avoiding costly fines, and stop work orders.  When you go to sell your property, you will be able to disclose to the potential buyer whether not you pulled proper permits.   There can also be insurance problems when collecting on fire damage when a permit was not used to do the renovations.  Better safe than sorry I say. 

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  1. 1 On June 9th, 2008, jp moses | REI Tips said:

    If you’re quick-flipping a house (i.e. wholesaling) obviously no permits are needed because you’re not doing any work to the house at all, but flipping it “as is”.

    So I assume by “flip” in the above article, you must be referring strictly to the fix-and-flip side of the business?


  2. 2 On June 9th, 2008, fliprent said:

    Absolutely JP! I actually go into the different ways that house are “flipped” in another post. What I refer do as a “house flipper” is fix and flip vs. wholesaling.

  3. 3 On June 11th, 2008, DJ said:

    When I find a house to fix and flip what areas are the most important to look at such as HVAC,Roof just trying not to dinged by any big ticket items.

    Thanks for you help,

  4. 4 On June 12th, 2008, fliprent said:


    The big ticket items I try to avoid on quick flips are foundation issues, roof, and other structural problems. Unfortunately there is no fool proof way to do this. Get an inspection and make it a contingency in your purchase contract. You can read more about that here.

    On my rehabs it doesnt matter as much because I expect these issues on a 100 year old city row houses.

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