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Basement finishing or maybe refinishing in Cobb Co, GA

Old 05-20-13, 02:09 PM
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Basement finishing or maybe refinishing in Cobb Co, GA

When we bought our house the basement was semi-finished, IE there was framing in place already, as well as some electrical, and a bathroom already there. What permits do I need to complete the work? Do I need any permits to complete the work? I looked around and it seems like this is kind of a grey area since when we bought the house, there was already work done down there. In this case, the bathroom, framing, and an AC/Heating system.
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The chances that the work already done has been done correctly is low and if a permit is required, doubtful they pulled one. Once you contribute to the finishing effort you become responsible for everything. If you call or visit your local code office and tell them what has been done they can check to see what permits were pulled and tell you if and what other permits may be needed.

Now, why pull permits if you can do the work without them? Because someone in the future can check just like you are doing and if you should have and didn't, you may be responsible. Building inspectors, insurance companies, and financial institutions all want the work done correctly. Remember, your bank probably has a larger investment in that house than you do and all mortgages can be called at any time.

Moisture issues, wood in contact with concrete, proper electrical, and proper plumbing, the current status of everything should be determined.

Old 05-20-13, 04:47 PM
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I agree with Bud, the work done in the basement may not have been part of the original construction. Checking with Cobb County will at least bring you above board with the inspector. He is the only person you have to satisfy, construction wise. Most are congenial and will help, some are belligerent oafs, but they hold all the cards.

Do some homework and make as close to scale drawings on grid paper of what you have and what you want to do with the area, including all receptacles, plumbing fixtures, etc. Having that in hand before you get there will be an ace.

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