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Yes, but you won't like what will probably happen (this is a worst case scenario, hopefully you will avoid most):

The purpose for a building permit is to ensure meeting the minimum standards for construction practices and minimum safety standards.  A contractor who works without a permit, does so because they know they are not in compliance (and to save money at your expense).  They knew they should have had inspections and permits for their work.  Who ever built the addition should be reported to both the building official as well as the Better Business Bureau.  It is ultimately the homeowner who is responsible for ensuring the proper permits have been applied for, though.

So when you apply for your permit, you will be pretending as if the work is not completed (you do not hide this fact, you just have to follow the correct process as if it hadn't been built).  Your first stop will be with zoning; can you even add an addition, do you have the proper clearances from the side, front and rear property lines.  If it is a bedroom, does the septic system (perk test) support an additional bedroom.  If your building already meets or exceeds the amount of building allowed on the site or if you do not have the clearances required from the property line, your addition may be required to be removed.  There are appeal processes and variance requests you can try before tearing down the addition (Get an architect).

If your zoning review is fine, next you go to permitting.  Here you will submit plans (drawings) of what was built.  If you do not have these plans, consider hiring an Architect to generate As-Built drawings for this use.  Hopefully the plan review comes back with no changes, or you will alread know your addition is not in compliance and may face rebuilding.  Depending on the type of construction, your zoning and your local building requirements, you will be required to have inspections of your foundation / footings, the framing, the electrical, mechancial and HVAC systems, etc. affected by the work. 

This may require digging the ground back up so the inspector can confirm foundation depth, size and draingage requirements.  The interior wall finishes (gypsum board, panelling, etc) may have to be removed in some or all areas so the framing and electrical can be inspected (If one area fails, be prepared to pull all areas down).  At each inspection, if the work is found to be lacking, then you will have to correct the work before getting permission to use the room.  If there is an electrical or safety violation found, it is possible the Building Official could declare the entire property inhabitable until the offenses are corrected (IE you are homeless until it is fixed).

As you can see, you have to hope beyond belief that the builder constructed everything correctly and that the building officials will work with you to minimize the amount of deconstruction necessary to inspect the work.

Also, you will be charged all the fees associated with plan review and permitting, and you will be charged for each inspection visit (as your builder would have been charged initially had they followed the law).

As for value, here is the real concern:  If your home burns down or faces some similar disaster, your home owners insurance will balk at paying; they will blame the illegal construction as the cause.  As for the value of your building, not having a permit will make any buyer have a difficult time getting their own insurance, thus harder to sell.  The room itself will add value to your property, if it isn't a hazard (IE permitted). 

Also, taxes are based upon assessments, which use the land records.  Building without a permit, can be seen by local officials as an attempt to avoid paying property taxes, since the land records do not show the addition.  Until the official tax records reflect an accurate statement of your building, you may face fines, tax fees and other costs associated with the improvement depending upon how long it has been there unreported.

You may wish to contact a local, licensed Architect who works with the local building department.  They will know the personel, know which forms you need to fill out first and how to protect you from an overzealous Building Official (there are exceptions and options within the Code that the Building Official may forget or ignore that an Architect can request be used to prevent tear down or damage).  Next time you go to build get the Architect first to protect yourself from what this construction firm did to you.

Good luck!
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     If you are having a friendly divorce you might want to know what doing the repairs would add to the sale price. I think your best bet would actually be to talk to a realtor as to what they think the difference would be. Then get a couple of estimates from a local contractor or contractors.

     Being in a divorce situation I would think sell as is and move on as quickly as you can. Renovation of a home can be a stress on a good marraige and it would probably be worse if in divorce proceedings.

 

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Real Estate Appraising reviews in Birmingham

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I called three times and left messages. Never received a phone call back from this company.
- Katie A.
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I asked Mr
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to explain his reasoning and he ignored my questions. I paid the bill but I am confused why he could not reasonably value the property in a realistic way. This was a totally unrealistic appraisal and he seems to think that $500.00 for an unrealistic and unfair appraisal is the way to do business. I understand that objectivity is an important consideration of any appraisal but the level of uncaring attitude is unfair and his methodology of comparisons is outrageously off the
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- DANIEL M.
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and his business partner are pleasant, friendly people.
However, his appraisal was so far off the
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that it torpedoed my loan process and I had to abandon and start over with another bank.
His appraisal came in at roughly 25% less than actual
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value (based on 15-20 recent comps) and less than the total of what I paid for the house (8 years ago) plus 50% of the cost of upgrades I have made in those 8 years years (new metal roof, new
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-plank siding, new driveway and retaining wall and new 400 sq. ft. 1 1/2 story detached studio).
According to
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's estimate, my property has appreciated at 1% per year since 2008 (that's less than the rate of inflation), the West Asheville
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is closer to 8% per year over that period.
Mr.
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clearly has no grasp of the West Asheville
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and is therefore unqualified to be performing appraisals.
- Ezra G.
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I asked several appraisers on Angies List if they could appraise a house the following day. They mostly laughed. I asked
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and he said it would be tough but he would stop by the following evening. He showed up at 4:30 PM and had the appraisal back the following afternoon as promised. Can't ask for much more. Thanks.
- Kurt B.
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returned my call in about an hour. We set an appointment to appraise the property. She showed up on time and completed her inspection. She emailed the appraisal report 6 days later.
- Matthew M.
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Contacted this company for a home appraisal the Angie's List last week, no response. Thought that I would give them another
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and went to their website to contact them. Entered the information in their contact fields form. Would not allow me to send, came up with the message "Nonce do not match". Really.....
- Todd A.
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I had to change our appointment on short notice because my flight into
town was changed to a later arrival.
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was able adjust the time
without complaint. He did a thorough examination of the house and
answered all my questions, particularly those regarding the cost
effectiveness of various improvements I was planning. That was a great
help.
After the appraisal was complete he followed up both by e-mail and phone
to go over it; and answered the rest of the questions I'd thought up in
the interval.
He was easy to work with and I feel the cost was more than fair. I'll
call him again without hesitation when the remodeling is complete.
- David I.
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was punctual, efficient and thorough with his inspection. Throughout the process he was attentive to my concerns and responded quickly to my calls and emails. Mr.
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provided me with an appraisal I can trust.
- Marie Estelle S.

Property Appraisers in Birmingham

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ALABAMA APPRAISAL ACADEMY

300 OFFICE PARK DR
Birmingham

ALABAMA APPRAISAL GROUP

5791 CHALKVILLE MOUNTAIN LN
Birmingham

ALABAMA APPRAISAL GROUP LLC

5971 CHALKVILLE MNT LN
Trussville

ALABAMA RELIABLE APPRAISAL INC

3110 CUMMINS ST
Pelham

ALABAMA TITLE ABSTRACT INC

5037 CRESVIEW PLACE
Dora

ALAVALUE

PO BOX 380911
Birmingham

ALEX COTTEN APPRAISERS

3585 LORNA RIDGE DR
Birmingham

APPRAISAL ASSOCIATES

2159 OLD ROCKY RIDGE RD
Birmingham

APPRAISAL GROUP DATA ASSN

3900 MONTCLAIR RD
Birmingham

APPRAISAL ONE

200 OFFICE PARK DR
Birmingham

APPRAISAL RESEARCH ASSOC

PO BOX 130627
Birmingham

APPRAISERS INC

3252 Tyrol Rd
Birmingham

APPRAISERS OF ALABAMA

5508 CRESTWOOD BLVD
Birmingham

AUSTIN APPRAISAL

1900 HIGHWAY 95
Helena

BAGWELL APPRAISAL SVC

2237 PINEHURST DR
Gardendale

BARBARA COOPER APPRAISALS

1402 IROQUOIS CIR
Birmingham

Blake Construction Inc

516 20th Ave. N.E.
Birmingham

BLUE MOON APPRAISALS

3404 Danner Cir
Birmingham

BRYAN MITCHELL APPRAISALS

140 GLEN ABBEY WAY
Alabaster

CARNES CO CORP

2113 TALL OAK CIR
Birmingham

CERTIFIED REAL ESTATE APPRSRS

18180 US HIGHWAY 31
Cullman

CHAPMAN APPRAISAL

21394 BRENDA DR
Mc Calla

CLAYTON ROPER & MARSHALL

100 CORPORATE RDG
Birmingham

COMMERCIAL APPRAISAL ASSOC

1145 CAHABA WOODS CIR
Birmingham

COMMERCIAL VALUATION SVC

2140 11th Ave S Ste 208
Birmingham

COOK APPRAISAL GROUP

500 GENE REED RD
Birmingham

COSBY APPRAISAL SVC

1509 GLENWOOD RD
Birmingham

COWART REAL ESTATE APPRAISAL

1776 INDEPENDENCE CT
Birmingham

CREST APPRAISAL GROUP

421 Office Park Dr
Mountain Brk

CROCHEN & ASSOC

616 GADSDEN HWY B2
Birmingham

DAVID F SYLVESTER

3332 OLD MONTGOMERY HWY
Birmingham

DOW APPRAISAL

2155 OLD ROCKY RIDGE RD
Birmingham

ED HARBISON

1417 HARBISON ST NE
Cullman

eFuneral

5000 Euclid Ave Ste 310

FORBUS APPRAISAL

3850 Redbud Rd

FORREST & ASSOC

1630 4TH AVE N
Birmingham

Freeman Appraisal Co.

2800 Logan Ave SW
Cullman

GLENN APPRAISAL SVC

25 W OXMOOR RD
Birmingham

GREGORY R GRAHAM APPRAISAL

2923 CRESCENT AVE
Birmingham

HAGAN REAL ESTATE

221 3RD AVE SE
Cullman

HASHA APPRAISAL & CONSULTING

4500 VALLEYDALE RD
Birmingham

HOWTON APPRAISAL SVC INC

3284 ALLISON BONNETT MEM DR
Bessemer

INDUSTRIAL APPRAISAL

6 OFFICE PARK CIR
Birmingham

INMAN REAL ESTATE & APPRAISERS

8315 1ST AVE N
Birmingham

J B MONZELLA APPRAISER

203 CASTLEHILL DR
Birmingham

JF NOLEN CO

PO BOX 26467
Birmingham

JOSEPH & CO INC

1236 BLUE RIDGE BLVD
Birmingham

Kasie Duchock- Avast Realty

1806 6th Ave South
Irondale

LANDGUARD APPRAISALS

8933 ROEBUCK BLVD
Birmingham

MALLETTE APPRAISAL SVC

4128 CROSSHAVEN DR
Birmingham

MALOY & CO INC

2212 3RD AVE N
Birmingham

MID SOUTH APPRAISAL SVC

4022 VALLEY BEND DR
Moody

MIKE HAYES

300 VESTAVIA PKWY
Birmingham

MORGAN & ASSOC

431 SHARON BLVD
Dora

PADEN REALTY & APPRAISALS INC

1930 2ND AVE N
Bessemer

PARK & WIDENER

4801 5TH AVE S
Birmingham

PARKER & ASSOC

508 CREST AVE
Birmingham

PLESS APPRAISAL GROUP

1 Clubview Dr
Birmingham

PRITCHETT APPRAISAL CO

520 SPRINGDALE RD
Mount Olive

REAL ESTATE APPRAISAL CO

PO Box 941
Cullman

REAL PROPERTY SOLUTIONS INC

6 OFFICE PARK CIR
Birmingham

RED MOUNTAIN TITLE

201 BEACON PKWY W
Birmingham

REMAX Advantage

4956 McAdory Achool Road
Mc Calla

RHODES APPRAISAL

1900 CROSSVINE RD
Birmingham

ROBERT F MANN

122 GREYSTONE GLEN DR
Birmingham

SFL Valuation Services, Inc.

3330 Fairchild Gardens Dr., #33621

SHANNON D JOHNSON APPRAISALS

PO Box 59786
Birmingham

SOUTHERN APPRAISAL SVC INC

811 2ND AVE SW
Cullman

STALKER APPRAISALS LLC

25 W OXMOOR RD
Birmingham

THOMAS C HORN REAL ESTATE

2491 PELHAM PKWY
Pelham

TIDWELL ASSOCIATES

2112 11TH AVE S
Birmingham

TIMMERMAN APPRAISAL CO

107 County Road 1412
Cullman

TODD A GREENAWALT CERTIFIED

1000 HIGHWAY 52
Helena

TOM WEAVER & ASSOC

200 S COVE CT
Bessemer

W M SCRUGGS & ASSOC

2043 CANYON RD
Birmingham

WALKEN INC

3332 OLD MONTGOMERY HWY 205
Birmingham

WALKER APPRAISAL SVC

403 4th Ave SW
Cullman

WASHINGTON APPRAISERS

2212 3RD AVE N
Birmingham

WILLIAM SCRUGGS & ASSOC

300 Vestavia Pkwy Ste 1000
Birmingham

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