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was great! He promptly emailed me back after my initial inquiry. On the phone he answered all my questions and gave me a run through of" what he will do and how long it will take. On the date of the appraisal, he arrived on time and was very courteous and friendly and put me right at ease. The entire process took no time at all, and he promised me a week turn around and delivered on time. I highly recommend and would not hesitate to hire him again. Job well done.

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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.

 

Good luck Don

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Real Estate Appraising reviews in Birmingham

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arrived at the appointed time. Using nearby comps, she came up with what we consider was
a fair assessment of the property price The next day she e-mailed her appraisal price.
- Rita M.
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It was very confusing the way that it was written up. If you are selling your house, they tell you what you need to do in order to sell it, like recommendations for painting the interior etc and they have all of the contractors to do that work.
- sally L.
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See above. Other than being misled by the offer, ie-not realizing that the reason for the appraisal was to obtain a mortgage only, I have no way to rate this service. Please note, we did not use this service and have nothing negative or positive to say about this company. Angie's List ought to have an Overall Rating for NA, like they do for the specifics.










- Tracy Y.
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We completed an application with
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in Grove City for a mortgage refinance on November 17, 2014, with a 30-day rate lock. The appraisal report was completed on November 24th. I contacted the bank on
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. 9th for a status update, and was told the loan was in underwriting. We heard nothing from Union, even after our lock expired on
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17th. I contacted them again on
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23rd and was told it was a busy time of year and they hadn't completed our paperwork. By this time, Union's advertised rate had dropped, and I asked if we would be able to get the lower rate. I was told our rate didn't really expire until January 2nd (despite the signed application), but that if we still hadn't closed, we'd get the lower rate. Meanwhile, we had to pay our January mortgage with our current lender at our higher rate because Union hadn't completed the paperwork. We received a phone call on January 8th that they needed a W-2 that I had already submitted. Once that was submitted, they were ready to close. I asked about the lower rate and was told they'd have to look into it. Union came back and said they were sorry, even though our lock had expired they would not honor their current rate. The best they would do was refund $150 of our application fee at closing. Rather than
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the application fee and have to start over at another bank, we will schedule our closing with Union, but I am disgusted by their inefficiency and lack of responsibility. The loan did not close because THEY did not do what was required in the time required, yet we are the ones literally paying the price. If you're looking for a low-cost refinance, go with Guardian Savings instead. We used them twice in Cincinnati with zero problems, and had I known they would write loans in Columbus, I'd have stayed with them.
- Helen C.
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We wanted an appraisal of the home as we were planning to sell it as we thought that it was in need of so much repair that the easiest and smartest thing to do would be to just sell it. We contacted ONCE Appraisals and asked if it was possible to have the appraisal on Saturday of that week.
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was available on Saturday which was very convenient for us! We shared with
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the reason for the appraisal (preparing to sell the home) when we made the appraisal appointment. On the day of the appraisal, after touring the home,
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asked if we thought about renting it out. We told him we didn't want to be bothered with the rental process as it sounded like too much of a hassle. But,
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gave us a lot of information and advice that completely changed our mind about renting the home!
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took the time to go through room by room - after he had already toured the home to conduct the appraisal!! - and let us know what we should fix whether we chose to sell it or rent it, and what we should fix if we decided to rent it. Turns out the home wasn't in as bad a shape as we thought, and the cost to fix it up wouldn't be nearly as expensive as we thought....which was a complete surprise and relief to me and my family!
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indicated he would provide us the appraisal report by the following Wednesday (three days), and, true to his word, we received the appraisal on Wednesday. The appraisal report was very thorough, and included pics of the inside and outside of the house.
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also indicated that he would provide us comps in our area to assist us in our decision to sell or rent the house. Again, he delivered as promised and provided additional information on properties for sale and rent in our area. The information was great!

We are still weighing our options on whether to rent or sell, but we feel so much better informed after having
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conduct the appraisal and do the research for us.
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was a very nice guy - we had several good belly laughs over lots of topics - and he shared his experiences which really made us feel at ease and that we could trust him. Overall, it was a great experience, we are very pleased, and glad we chose
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to perform our appraisal!
- Maria F.
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was excellent. She explained the process up front. Told me what I needed to do in order for the process to go smoothly and what the timelines were. Everything happened exactly as she said it would and I received the appraisal by the following week.
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was very conscientious and professional. She really spends the time to ensure you get the best appraisal possible. She is someone I felt I could immediately trust. Highly recommend!
- Mark W.
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White came to our home and carefully assessed the renovations that had been done. He asked many relevant questions and also took several photographs. He then sent us an extensive evaluation of our home. Not only did he clearly answer our primary question concerning the value added of the renovations, but also assessed the
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value of our home. His appraisal was carefully justified by citing information concerning comparable homes in our area. We were very impressed with the precision and professionalism of his report. I would recommend
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without any reservation. They are excellent!!
- Alan G.
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The appraisal went very smoothly.
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first did an exterior appraisal documenting the properties features, taking photos, square footage measurements, noting all pertinent upgrades that we made outside. This was followed by a detailed appraisal of the home's interior, including the finished basement, with photos, and questions regarding major home improvements we made inside the property.
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answered all of our questions in a very professional and timely manner during his appraisal. He followed up by providing us with a detailed written appraisal including a comparative analysis of 5 properties with features similar to ours that had sold within a close proximity to our home.

He completed his report within 2 business days, and forwarded it to us via email and regular mail. Overall we were pleased with his appraisal, and felt it was a fair assessment of the current
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value of our home. We would use My
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's services again, and also recommend him to family and friends. He's professional, a nice gentleman to deal with and very knowledge in his field of expertise.









- Gail B.

All Property Appraisers in Birmingham, AL

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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

2112 11TH AVE S
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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