SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. – Homeowners need to be aware of a tightening of municipal permitting regulations when selling a home, stated Guy Moretti, Broker/Salesperson with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services NJ Properties. According to Moretti, by state statue, al home sales are required to have smoke detectors, carbon dioxide detectors and a fire extinguisher in the home before the sale.  Most towns will require an inspection of these items in order to obtain a CO or “continue use” approval. The Borough’s Code Enforcement Officer often discovers improvements completed without proper permits or inspections.

Items commonly identified as problems in the inspection process include but not limited to, are the existence of sheds, decks or pools completed without permits or perhaps a hot water heater or new furnace installed without inspections. At times homeowners finish their basements or upgrade electrical systems without permits. All of these items do require permits and inspections from the Borough Code Enforcement Office.  The Code Enforcement Office also has the ability to issue “violations and fines” when these improvements are discovered.

The CO inspection is usually the last inspection in the home buying process, the presence of unpermitted improvements could hold up the closing while the seller starts the permitting and inspection process with the town.  This time loss could potentially cost the homeowner thousands of dollars as the buyer had contracted to buy a home with a deck and now they find out it is a potential loss of sale. Moretti strongly recommends homeowners to speak directly to the code enforcement office if they suspect code violations may exist in their home.

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The Moretti Team consists of the following people:

Guy Moretti - Team Leader, Toni Moretti – Client Care and Marketing Manager, Gi Sofka – Transaction Manager, and Eugene Moretti and Glenn Jones – Sales Consultants.  The Moretti team can be reached at 908-912-5295 or