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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.

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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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ABC APPRAISALS INC

154 STATE ST
North Haven

ACCELERATED APPRAISAL SVC

801 WORTHINGTON RDG
Berlin

ADVANCE APPRAISAL ASSOC LLC

377 MAIN ST
West Haven

ADVANCE APPRAISAL GROUP LLC

45 HARPERS FERRY RD
Waterbury

ADVANCED APPRAISAL GROUP INC

1061 HUNTINGDON AVE
Waterbury

ADVANTAGE APPRAISAL CO

477 S BROAD ST
Meriden

AMADON & ASSOC INC

100 WELLS ST
Hartford

AMODIO ASSOCIATES

12 BROADWAY
North Haven

ANDERSON APPRAISAL ASSOC

9 DENYELLE DR
Rocky Hill

ANDREA APPRAISALS LLC

600 N BROOKSVALE RD
Cheshire

ANDREWS & GALVIN APPRAISAL SVC

16 SPRING LN
Farmington

ANTHONY J NAPOLITANO & ASSOC

7 CORPORATE DR
North Haven

APPRAISAL ASSOCIATES

44 MAPLE AVE
Windsor

APPRAISAL-LINK LLC

16 DEBBY LN
New Haven

ARCHAMBAULT & MURRAY REAL EST

1019 FARMINGTON AVE
Bristol

ARTHUR B ESTRADA & ASSOC INC

12 BROADWAY
North Haven

ASA REAL ESTATE SVC

48 CHRISTIAN LN
Newington

AUTUMN APPRAISALS

389 CAMPBELL AVE
West Haven

AWARD APPRAISAL SVC

102 RICHARDS PL
West Haven

B T APPRAISAL SVC INC

33 JEFFERSON LN
East Hartford

BAYVIEW REAL ESTATE APPRAISAL

63 WILCOX RD
Milford

BEAZLEY CO-REALTORS

221 N MAIN ST
Wallingford

BEAZLEY CO-REALTORS

1000 FARMINGTON AVE
West Hartford

Bond-Bilt Garages

563 S Main Street
Wallingford

BOWERS APPRAISAL CO

7 SURRY CIR
Simsbury

Bowery Appraisals

15 Booth Ter
Hamden

BUDKOFSKY APPRAISAL CO

1 REGENCY DR
Bloomfield

C GOULD ASSOC

110 Republic Dr Ste 5
North Haven

CALCIANO & STERN APPRAISAL

22 PINE ST
Bristol

CALCIANO & STERN APPRAISAL

136 CHARLES ST
Torrington

CAMILLERI APPRAISAL CO

39 LONG VIEW DR
Simsbury

CERTIFIED APPRAISAL SVC

35 VERBENA CT
Cheshire

CHILSON REAL ESTATE APPRAISAL

33 WOLCOTT RD
Wolcott

CLAPP APPRAISALS

2 TOLLAND GRN
Tolland

COMPLETE APPRAISAL & INSPCTN

1396 WILBUR CROSS HWY
Berlin

Connecticut Property Appraisers

5 Darina Place
Milford

CORNERSTONE APPRAISAL SVC

PO Box 185597
Hamden

COUGHLIN & COUGHLIN INC

955 S MAIN ST
Middletown

CROCKETT AGENCY INC

244 MAIN ST
Manchester

CTE APPRAISALS INC

422 MAIN ST
East Haven

DANIEL J LA PORTE & ASSOC

16 CORNERSTONE CT
Plantsville

DAVID MAC INNIS APPRAISER

191 ALBANY TPKE
Canton

David MacInnis

PO Box 204
Canton

DE GENNARO & ASSOC

1673 LITCHFIELD TPKE
New Haven

DIORIO REALTY

91 SCHRAFFTS DR
Waterbury

DOLPHIN APPRAISALS/MORRA ASSOC

43 BIGELOW ST
Manchester

DOUGLAS C PAGE

59 FOREST HILL RD
North Haven

DUROCHER ASSOCIATES INC

718 W WOODS RD
Hamden

EASTERN APPRAISAL SVC

88 RIDGE RD
Hebron

eFuneral

5000 Euclid Ave Ste 310

ENVIRO-VAL

2795 WHITNEY AVE
Hamden

FELDMAN APPRAISAL SVC

1245 FARMINGTON AVE
West Hartford

FOWLER REAL ESTATE SVC

ROUTE 66 BOX 301B
Columbia

FOX REALTY LLC

39 ELDREDGE MILLS RD
Willington

GARY G BOOKER & ASSOC

86 WAYLAND ST
North Haven

GJR & ASSOC

825 GRASSY HILL RD
Orange

GREENLAW & SONS APPRAISALS

43 CALHOUN RD
Wallingford

H 2 CO PUBLISHERS

315 WHITNEY AVE
New Haven

HARDY APPRAISALS

143 Sheffield Pl
Southington

HARRINGTON APPRAISAL ASSOC

35 OAK RIDGE RD
Burlington

HEART APPRAISAL SVC

91 UPTON DR
Coventry

HENRY J O'BRIEN APPRAISAL SVC

545 WATERVILLE RD
Avon

HOMETOWN REALTORS LLC

1152 NEW HAVEN RD
Naugatuck

HUNTER ASSOCIATES LLC

772 FARMINGTON AVE
Farmington

INTEGRA BATES & MC DONOUGH

64 PRATT ST
Hartford

IOVANNA APPRAISAL SVC

36 MOWRY ST
North Haven

ITALIA & LEMP

6 CENTRAL ROW
Hartford

J F MULREADY CO LLC

1 FINANCIAL PLZ
Hartford

JAMES E JERRAM III

32 CITY HALL AVE
Torrington

JAY JAMRON APPRAISAL SVC

378 ORANGE CENTER RD
Orange

JOHN LO MONTE REAL ESTATE APPR

39 W WYND TER
Middletown

JOHN W NITZ & ASSOC

155 GREYSTONE DR
Plantsville

KDR APPRAISAL SVC

82 VERNON ST W
Manchester

KELLY APPRAISAL SVC

15 Sunset Ter
Portland

KLOSS APPRAISAL ASSOC LTD

185 SANDY HILL RD
Middlebury

L R EVJEN APPRAISAL SVC

53 W MAIN ST
Plantsville

LAWRENCE SCHMITT REAL ESTATE

95 SHERMAN LEE DR
Middletown

LOUIS J GALULLO CERTIFIED GEN

130 MOUNT VERNON AVE
Waterbury

MAISANO ASSOCIATES

275 MAPLE AVE
Cheshire

Marc Gottesdiener & Co., Inc.

177 Buckingham St
Hartford

MARION A CAREY REAL ESTATE

54 LEONA LN
New Britain

MATTHEW WELINSKY LLC

118 MICHAEL DR
Southington

MAURICE J WALSH & SONS RL EST

531 MAIN ST
East Hartford

MAURICE J WALSH REAL ESTATE

61 CHESTERFIELD RD
Amston

MERRIFIELD APPRAISAL

122 CANNON DR
Hebron

MICHAUD CO

431 ORANGE ST
New Haven

MID-STATE APPRAISAL GROUP

48 MERIDEN RD
Waterbury

MORRA ASSOCIATES

624 TALCOTTVILLE RD
Vernon Rockville

MORROW MORGAN SMITH INC

11 Talcott Notch Rd Ste 1
Farmington

NANCY MOBILIO & ASSOC

905 MERIDEN RD
Waterbury

NOCERA DILLON & DIORIO

91 SCHRAFFTS DR
Waterbury

O'Connell Appraisal Services, LLC

152 Langford Lane
East Hartford

O'MALLEY O'ROURKE & BEZZ

160 OAK ST
Glastonbury

Opotzner Appraisal Service

19 Breezy Lane
Branford

P C APPRAISAL SVC

40 NE INDUSTRIAL RD
Branford

PAMELA V SAMUL

24 FOXCROFT RUN
Avon

PHILIP W BALL ASSOC

51 ELM ST
New Haven

POTTER APPRAISAL CO

55 Founders Rd
Glastonbury

PROPERTY CONSULTANTS

322 MAIN ST
Farmington

R F HAGEARTY & ASSOC INC

287 Main St Fl 2
East Hartford

R F ROYCE & ASSOC

30 HOLLY MAR HILL RD
Northford

R P MC DERMOTT ASSOC

11 MOUNTAIN AVE
Bloomfield

RAPID APPRAISAL INC

263 LYMAN DR
Torrington

RB FICKS LLC

12 FOREST LN
Canton

RCI PROPERTY APPRAISAL CO

274 WARD ST
Wallingford

RCI RESIDENTIAL APPRAISALS

155 MEADOW ST
Branford

REA & S/REAL ESTATE APPRSLS

479 FOOT HILLS RD
Higganum

REALTY CONNECTION,INC>

19 Pinney St
Ellington

RECKERT'S APPRAISAL ASSOC

53 E MAPLE ST
Plainville

REILLY REAL ESTATE

669 BOSTON TPKE
Bolton

RESIDENTIAL APPRAISAL ASSOCIATES

PO BOX 270817
West Hartford

RICHARD SEMAN APPRAISAL SVC

506 BREAKNECK HILL RD
Middlebury

RIS APPRAISAL & ASSOC

79 LONG HILL RD
Middlefield

Rivo Consulting Group

40 Stevens Road
Middlebury

ROBERT E FARLEY REAL ESTATE

951 HOPMEADOW ST
Simsbury

ROBERT E PARSONS REALTY APP

31 W END AVE
New Britain

ROBERT S BARTOS SRA

259 ALBANY TPKE
Canton

SAM PROPERTY APPRAISAL

24 PILGRIM HBR
Wallingford

SANTACROCE ASSOCIATES

68 ERIN STREET EXT
Middletown

SAVRE SYSTEMS

235 GRAND ST
Waterbury

SCOTT STASZKO & ASSOC INC

13 FALLS CIR
Colchester

SFL Valuation Services, Inc.

3330 Fairchild Gardens Dr., #33621

SHANLEY APPRAISALS

61 MILLIS ST
Hamden

SHEARY APPRAISAL SVC

PO Box 155
Simsbury

Shoreline property appraisals

19 Tanglewood Drive
Branford

SIDNEY P GOLDSTEIN

39 NEW LONDON TPKE
Glastonbury

Star Quality Appraisals LLC

PO Box 633
Windsor Locks

STERLING APPRAISES LLC

33 SPRING ST
Milford

STEWART APPRAISAL SVC

58 HARTFORD TPKE
Tolland

STOCKMAL APPRAISAL SVC

2 Snowberry Ln
Shelton

SUMMIT APPRAISAL SVC

114 S MAIN ST
Cheshire

TOWN & COUNTRY REAL ESTATE

56 E MAIN ST
Thomaston

VALUEQUEST APPRAISAL

97 E MAIN ST
Meriden

VINCENT GUARDIANO REAL ESTATE

59 ELIZABETH ST
Derby

WAPLE RESIDENTIAL APPRAISALS

400 ORANGE CENTER RD
Orange

WELLSPEAK DUGAS & KANE

55 Realty Dr # 305
Cheshire

WILLIAM CARROLL

879 POTHIER RD
Torrington

WILLIAM M LANESE ASSOC

139 SALEM RD
Prospect

WITKOSKI ASSOCIATES LLC

17 Maple St
Naugatuck

YANKEE APPRAISAL & TITLE SVC

2340 Whitney Ave
Hamden

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