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severely underperformed the scope and lacked basic professionalism. I am so disappointed and can't wait to give them my mind. They didn't" bother telling me that they were going to come back a second day to finish, while I had gone out of town, even after assuring me it would be a one day job and would "keep me in the loop" throughout. Afterward, nails and shingle scraps were left EVERYWHERE, including in neighbor's yard and garden. Tenants and I each spent an hour cleaning up. Forget that I paid them to do that. The salesman I set up the job with told me he would be there to get the team started, which I was glad to hear because we had discussed a couple aspects of the roof construction that needed addressed. He didn't meet them until halfway through the day, so they did NOT bother to do the sheeting as arranged. I'm so surprised that when I mentioned I had plenty more work to do on the house, and would gladly call them if this first job went well, that they wouldn't bother to bring an A game. Should have vetted them more places than on Home Advisor for sure.

-Kurt D.

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home. We could not have been happier with
during our" project.
and their whole team was amazing to work with. They listen to their clients, and really make you feel like you are a part of their extended family.
, our project manager was always available to answer questions and help us make decisions.
did a great job helping us with the interior .. All in all, we are extremely happy. We would (and do!) highly recommend
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-thomas R.

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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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For this type of job, you need plans and specs from an Architectural/Engineering firm before thinking about contractors - and to get a building permit. Ben's method would work and done incrementally could cost well over $100,000 plus as he says, but this not really the most economic way to approach this big a job. A House Mover or Foundation Underpinning specialty company can usually slide your house onto a whole new foundation, or jack it up on steel beams and hold it there while a basement is dug underneath it, without any intermediate piers. The jacking/move cost would probably be on the order of $30-40,000, and a new basement probably about $40-50,000 - rough ballpark, though I have been involved in some 1000-1500SF single story jobs that went for under $70,000 total. I have been involved in a fair number of these type jobs - and the way the numbers come out, if there is room on the property to move the house, it is almost always nearly as cheap or cheaper to build an equivalent square footage (basement plus ground level) addition rather than add a basement under the house, and that way your new footage is half above ground so worth more on resale, plus you do not lose use of the house for a month or two. Second cheapest is usually sliding house to a new foundation, if property is large enough to do this - though house is totally cut off from utilities for a week to three. Most expensive, and usually only done in tight city environments or with full 2 story or higher houses, is adding the foundation in place, though your utility interruptions should be on the order of hours at a time rather than days or weeks. Talk to an architect - I think you will quickly lean towards the addition option rather than adding a basement - it is just too expensive to deepen foundations in most cases, plus you WILL get cracking in the house and possible water and sewer pipe problems in a move/underpinning job, which is not the case with an addition. This become more likely the case since you want to add 8 feet off the back of the home anyway - so why not just enlarge the addition and do it all that way - MUCH simpler, and MUCH less disruption of your life, and you get much higher resale return on your investment.
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Unfortunately this is not something you will easily resolve; and even if you were to win, the amount of time and funds spent will probably exceed the cost of the actual repair.

Each state has different rules on what "as-is" means, but almost all use the term when it comes to realestate sales.  At two years, you are facing a hurdle that any issue could be the result of new conditions, acceptable wear / settlement, etc.  Has there been any changes in the area? (New house built next door, new addition, earthquake, flooding, etc?)

While you may have been given a home warranty with the purchase (do check your sales paperwork to see if there is any warranty and what it covers for how long) the house is sold to you as-is; it is your responsibility to raise concerns prior to taking over the house, so going back two years later is a huge up hill batle.

The home inspector is also going to be found faultless, as their reports almost always have words like "consult with an expert. . ." after each report section and they have disclaimers for missed items, etc. I got certified as a home inspector and was surprised at just how little they actually require you to know to become an inspector. They are really just an extra pair of eyes to help inexpereinced home owners look where most people don't look or go.  You even mention that the repair work was well masked, so you didn't notice it until you began looking for it.  A good inspector might have caught it, but you won't win any court cases proving yours wasn't good enough.

The Seller will claim that any foundation issues were fixed and resolved, which is why they marked "No" on the foundation issue section.  They fixed it; so it was no longer an issue.  If it came back, that is a new issue.  You and I know this is bogus, but to win in court you have to prove intent; and the builder can easily show they thought it was fixed.  Or, they might even be able to claim they were unaware - the repairs were from the previous owner, and were hidden so well HE and YOU didn't notice them.

So the next step is to meet with your home insurance agent.  As I mentioned above, if there have been any enviromental changes (a new house next door could have changed the underground water table flow or pressures, for example) you may be covered.  Even if there are no issues, you still may have a policy that allows for major repairs to be covered after a certian cost threshold, etc.  You'd be surprised at what your home owners insurance covers - find out first; they might have in house or low cost engineers who will do the initial inspection, etc.  They also will provide advice on your home sale; if they think you have a case against the Seller.

Best of luck on this issue.  Make sure any solution you pay for solves the cause (Stress on the wall), and doesn't just fix the results (cracks).




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"Like a sunroom" indicating the addition has yet to be built?  If it's just a remodel there are several remodeling contractors to choose from.  If you also need the addition built pick a general contractor with experience building new construction as well as additions.  If s/he provides a price before the plans and specifications are on paper drop them like a hot potato.  They don't know what they're doing.  Whether they have the ability to provide the plans and specifications first or they refer you to an architect you must have plans to properly bid a major remodel or addition.  It is also good practice anyway just to make sure both parties are on the same page and understand exactly what will be done.

Just a note about the "type" of contractors described in another answer.  The one's who do most or all of the work themselves are not very profitable without doing something illegal or cutting corners somewhere, if they finish the job.  The time a contractor spends on a job takes away from the office time needed to run a proper business and chase new leads to keep working after your job is finished.  There are honest people out there who do everything themselves and don't need to make much money in a year but they are few and far between, typically retired and so the work as a means to keep active and make a little side money.  Others try to do a couple of jobs at once and rob from the funds of one to help pay for the other.  They just aren't experienced enough and were probably sub-contractors who suddenly thought they could run the show.  I've seen it repeatedly.  They hit up the customer for more money due to their own budget planning or abandon the job because they aren't making any more money.  be leary of a contractor who does not either use an employed or sub-contracted crew, meaning they manage the project's quality, time, and money distribution.

Todd Shell
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Home Building reviews in Columbus

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came in 2006 and the service rep said he corrected all the problems with the roof. On a properly installed roof nails will not be exposed. As you can see I have nails exposed. The same leak that was there before has found its way back. I contacted
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to discuss the issue of the shotty work performed by them not once but twice. I was told it was not their responsibility This is awful customer service and awful stewardship. Who would put their name on this and call it quality? Only
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should take ownership of the poor quality of work that was performed on my roof and my house. I have had many problems with
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. My home is supposed to be an investment. I will not recommend this builder to anyone.
- TAMMY P.
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They said the porch footers have settled, shifted and needed repair. The porch company came out stating the porch was not in need of repair and that the wheels were worn on the elevator, that it was out of alignment and that is what is causing it to get stuck.
- Patricia W.
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The initial estimate and schedule for work to be done went very well. We were advised that a permit was going to be required due to the structural nature of the repair. Since this job was to take place near Thanksgiving we expected a bit of delay in the permitting process. After calls to
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and being repeatedly told that the permit was applied for and it just hadn't been reviewed yet I requested the permit or application number yet. After being put off for weeks, I called the permit office to determine the status of the permit. The permit office spokesperson searched applications by my address, by contractor - any way she could think of to find the status. She couldn't find evidence that a permit was ever applied for. She suggested I wait another week and call back to check in case he hadn't gotten around to it yet. I called
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to further question the status of the permit - and was told once again that it was not reviewed yet. I asked again for an application number permit number. Once again
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indicated he didn't have one and none would be available until the review was completed. I called the permit office in a week - still no evidence of a submittal for a permit for my job. After a final phone call - no answer - to
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we called another company for the job.
- Julie G.
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I wish I could write something nice however I am highly upset that after the 2 phone calls I made (one to confirm our meeting today) and one text message with address and time reminder days prior to our meeting I had to call to find out if they were on their way. I got excuses about the rain putting him behind and being on "the list." This is completely unacceptable since we had a definite meeting date and time! I ended the call upset and let him know so.
- Suzanne W.
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not an honest person. the city declined our application to build a
3-season room. the contractor received a large deposit and refuses to
return it, even it is not our fault that the project is not accepted.we offered payment for his time to prepare the drafts of drawings, but he took the entire many thousands deposit. pending court now. BE AWARE!
- sergey B.
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Very well, they completed everything in a day. Were very careful of my neighbors house by placing baricades to make sure nothing was damaged. After they completed the work, the went into the neighbors yards to clean up any tiles that had fallen over the fence. Great job
- Gajan S.
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He was very excited and enthusiastic to be working with my architect - he said he had wanted to work with him for a long time. He was renovating another project just around the corner from our house so it would be perfect fit - he could go back and forth between the two projects with ease.
He came back a week after I gave him the construction drawings and said he was too busy and could not bid on the project. So kind of wasted a bunch of my time - I spent hours with him going over the scope of the project. I do have to say, I respect that he backed out if he was too busy. No one needs an overextended contractor doing shoddy work!
- VIJAYA I.
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We contracted
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to build a new home for us in 2010. We contacted the owner,
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with our initial ideas and for an estimate. Not only was the estimate competitive, my initial impression was one of honesty and strong work ethics. They completed the framing, insulation and drywall work as well as installed all windows and doors . All work was done in a timely manner and communication was exceptional, we were kept informed of all progress and details as the work was completed. As often happens with such projects small issues arose which were handled promptly and efficiently by
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. Our input and ideas were always taken seriously and their opinions and expertise were/was always offered and usually taken. A manufacturers defect in materials looked to be an issue but
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handled the situation via the manufacturer and retailer. A beautiful home was the result of our dealings with
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. We highly recommend and will definitely work with them again.
- Teresa L.

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VIRGINIA HOMES

1078 RUTHERGLEN DR
Columbus

VIRGINIA HOMES LTD INC

209 E STATE ST
Columbus

WALSH CONSTRUCTION

420 N JAMES RD
Columbus

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1696 State Rte 39
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653 Grand Ave
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1389 Pleasantville Rd
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1816 RIVERSIDE DR
Columbus

Westoff Services

2015 W 5th Ave
Columbus

WILL BRYANT INC

305 E 5TH AVE
Columbus

WILLIAM J SHAFFER ASSOC INC

3675 TRABUE RD
Columbus

WILLIAM M PATTON CO

333 NORTON RD
Columbus

WINDSOR CONSTRUCTION SVC

3600 BEULAH RD
Columbus

WMB Builders Inc

7570 Cubbage Road
Westerville

Woodbridge Custom Builders

2083 Farleigh Rd
Columbus

Wooddell Builders Ltd

984 Inlet Ct
Westerville

Xclusive Home

7652 Sawmill Rd.
Dublin

YOST BARNS

3436 State Rt. 61
Cardington

Z Build

Dublin

ZNB Construction LLC

131 Oak Meadow Drive
Pataskala

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