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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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was quick to set-up an appointment via email after purchasing. He was on-time the date of the appointment, and was very professional and thorough, providing a detailed appraisal with six comparison properties. He told me up front that it may take one week for the appraisal, as it was a busy week for him. He sent it via email ...More six business days after the inspection.
I would highly recommend their services, and will have no hesitation using them in the future. The price was very competative.
- Brian R.
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I called and spoke with to schedule an appraisal of a private home. Everything went very smoothly and after his appraisal I have a better sense of the value of the property, what repairs are needed with a ballpark cost of repairs.
I recommend Mr. for a quick, painless and knowledgeable property appraisal.
- RM R.
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Not well, first of all he was very HARD to understand on the phone. We submitted a rebuttal to both the provider and to our financial institution but of course, it was again denied. First of all, we DO realize that an APPRAISAL is NOT the same as the selling price of a home. Here were some of the items on our rebuttal (personal data has been removed ...More of course to protect us).
1. Our house appraised for $425,000 seven years ago, and we’ve put almost $100k in improvements into it since then. Since the has rebounded well beyond where it was seven years ago, provider appraised us at only $2000 the appraisal done 7 years ago at $427,000?
2. The King County Assessor’s office update we just rec'd increased their valuation of our property $60k to $459,000. Assessor’s
data is historically considerably below appraised value.
3. Comp #1 is three doors down, is a year old, does not have the 2 car garage, 2 driveways, or fence listed in the data entered. And yet it sold for $20k over asking price. A walk down the would have clarified that for the appraiser.
5. The house across the street from Comp #1, a 1912 home with cosmetic updates, no garage, no patio, no decks, no hot tub, etc. went on the this summer for $525,000, got eight offers in 24 hours and sold for $620,000 cash, $95k more than asking
price.
6. Comp #3 is east of our neighborhood, a historically lower value neighborhood. Appraiser is apparently not aware of local
demographics.
7. Comp #4 is off of a lower income busy street in a much lower value, high crime neighborhood. Appraiser is apparently not
aware of local demographics.
8. Comp #5 was just a listing when the appraiser included it. It has already sold for $465,500, $16k more than asking price.
9. Comp #6 was just a listing when the appraiser included. It is east of our home, on a busy street, a historically
lower value area, yet is pending sale and shows a 21.4%/year appreciation rate. The last time it sold was for $20,000 more than asking price.
It is apparent that the appraiser (or his algorithm) are unfamiliar with the demographics and conditions in the area our home is
located.
- Dennis W.
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When I pointed out the fact that he was early and should have called, he became belligerent.
I asked him to sit on a patio sofa to talk and discuss unique features of our home. He refused and stated, "I don't work for you."
Flustered, I just stood there and looked at him.. He asked if I wanted him to leave. When I said, ...More "Yes," he said, "It's your loss," and walked out the door.
- Walter F.
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He was wonderful. Extremely professional. Punctual. Kept us updated. Very accurate and realistic expectations right up front. Timely and prompt.
- Carrieann D.
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I called and set up an appointment for 330 pm friday for a home I had refurbished and was looking to sell. I wanted to price the home right so I went for an appraisal. Here is what happened: my general contractor ran behind on getting my home done, so I called early the morning of the appraisal appointment ( appointment was at 330 pm) to post ...More the appraisal. I called at 830 am and left 2 messages. when I heard nothing back , I called again in a panic and was told that the appraiser- went out to my house anyway at 10 am and " did not get my message." So my home got appraised when it was not done despite me calling to postpone a few more days. Next, I was told I would have the report back in 2-3 business days. The report took 7 days. It added to my delay in listing the home for sale.I called multiple times asking for my report. I was told there was a "power outage" and my info was lost. To top it off, the appraisal came in $75,000 under value. I recently became a realtor so I knew what my house was worth and knew her report was wrong. I pointed this out to who to told me she does not know how she missed that. I had to email her recent comps I found on zillow that she missed. She fixed the report after another delay for 2 more days. MORE FRUSTATRATION. THEN I asked her to come back to my home to appraise it when it was all done after the massive renovation. She told me they would charge me another fee to come back out!!!! Not fair, espeically after I called to postpone the appraisal. I then asked for a partial refund and got a denial. I am NOT HAPPY and told her that. Overall a bad experience. Had I not done my research and double checked her work I would have listed my house for 75K less than what it is really worth. All I want for all the errors/delays on their part is a partial refund or for her to come back for free to get a look at the place now that it is done and they wouldn't even do that.
- brian T.
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Helped us find an awesome house. Helped with all the details of purchase. Went above and beyond the call. Great. Highly recommend her .
- Jill F.
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Awful!! Where to start. Charged more than we agreed to verbally. Asked her associate NOT to move a very expensive large item without help but he did it anyway and broke the item. They apprised the item originally for $10,000. Employees ate lunches on the furniture to be sold and left their messes on the table half the day. Last day, Mrs ...More spent on the phone with att and made customers wait to check out. On the first day, she made crazy cheap deals and even let her client return an item which went home working that was now not functional. Tested prior. We had to make our own signs for parking and I had to invite people via Facebook and Craigslist since the crowd died down so much.
- Angelique M.

Property Appraisers in Birmingham

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ALABAMA APPRAISAL ACADEMY

300 OFFICE PARK DR
Birmingham

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

BARBARA COOPER APPRAISALS

1402 IROQUOIS CIR
Birmingham

BLUE MOON APPRAISALS

3404 Danner Cir
Birmingham

CARNES CO CORP

2113 TALL OAK CIR
Birmingham

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

CROCHEN & ASSOC

616 GADSDEN HWY B2
Birmingham

DAVID F SYLVESTER

3332 OLD MONTGOMERY HWY
Birmingham

Douglas, Frank

4907 Caldwell Mill Ln
Birmingham

DOW APPRAISAL

2155 OLD ROCKY RIDGE RD
Birmingham

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

HASHA APPRAISAL & CONSULTING

4500 VALLEYDALE RD
Birmingham

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

MIKE HAYES

300 VESTAVIA PKWY
Birmingham

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

REAL PROPERTY SOLUTIONS INC

6 OFFICE PARK CIR
Birmingham

RED MOUNTAIN TITLE

201 BEACON PKWY W
Birmingham

RHODES APPRAISAL

1900 CROSSVINE RD
Birmingham

ROBERT F MANN

122 GREYSTONE GLEN DR
Birmingham

SHANNON D JOHNSON APPRAISALS

PO Box 59786
Birmingham

STALKER APPRAISALS LLC

25 W OXMOOR RD
Birmingham

TIDWELL ASSOCIATES

2112 11TH AVE S
Birmingham

W M SCRUGGS & ASSOC

2043 CANYON RD
Birmingham

WALKEN INC

3332 OLD MONTGOMERY HWY 205
Birmingham

WASHINGTON APPRAISERS

2212 3RD AVE N
Birmingham

WILLIAM SCRUGGS & ASSOC

300 Vestavia Pkwy Ste 1000
Birmingham

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