Episode #50 – Buyers Beware: Unpermitted Renovations when Buying a Home

With current properties being sold so quickly, a lot of buyers may be overlooking certain negative aspects of a home that in the past may have been major red flags in a sale.

James and Denny discuss the reasons behind unpermitted renovations and share how buyers can gain valuable information regarding work done on a property before buying.

This episode will focus on the importance of certified inspections and permit approvals, legal basement suites, material latent defects, enquiring about permit history, and the varying severity of unpermitted renovations.

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405 Second St. Renovations! Before & After.

Renovations Complete on 405 Second St.

James and Denny decided finished their full renovation project of a beautiful craftsman style heritage home in New Westminster. It was a lot of work and the progress was well documented!

Located on one of the most picturesque tree lined streets in NW, this home is a beautifully restored 1932 craftsman style home! The perfect combination of 1930’s architecture and clean, modern, high end finishes. Great family layout features 5 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, 3523 sf and full height finished basement with suite potential. Original Oak hardwood runs through main floor, original ceiling medallions and light fixtures through out, stained glass windows, beautifully updated kitchen with stainless appliances, custom cabinetry, hex tile floors and quartz counters. 2 bedrooms on the main floor, 2 large bedrooms upstairs, including a gorgeous master with a vaulted ceiling walk in closet. Basement features 1 bedroom, large rec-room and mud room.

Here are some before and after photos and click here to check out James’ youtube channel where you will find lots of progress videos of 405 Second St.!

Interested in viewing this home? Contact us today to set up an appointment! 

Building Single Family Homes in New Westminster.


Thinking of building your dream home in New Westminster?  Here is some information on zoning and lot-to-home size that will help you on your way.
NR1 Neighbourhood Residential Dwelling: NR1 New West Zoning Bylaws
New Westminster Areas best for NR1 Building: Moody Park (Kelvin), West End, & Connaught Heights.
RS1 Single Detached Dwellings: RS1 New West Zoning Bylaws
New Westminster Areas best for RS1 Building: Glenbrooke (North)Queens Park, The Heights, Sapperton, Fraserview (Glenbrooke South).
Not sure what your property is zoned as? Check out the Map for Zoning Codes. 

Building Permits and Information.
1 and 2 unit Residential Districts