Ok, I've done the homework, and I've looked through the *numerous*
threads about permits, but didn't find this yet (but I get the distinct
impression that I'm going to get a variety of answers).
Suppose we had a deck that a contractor originally built and, assumably,
had permit for. Then, we refinished the deck ourselves a decade later
out of necessity and we did not get a permit (ignorance). Now, we want
to make additions to the house and want to rip down the deck completely.
Question: what's the probability that someone will discover that we did
not get a permit for the replacement deck that's being ripped down?
Also, before tearing down the deck, we may be selling the house to
another family member. If the buyer doesn't insist upon seeing a permit,
would the appraiser insist anyways? Or is a matter of if we want the
deck to contribute to the value of the house or not?
Thanks in advance, again.