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has refused to answer my phone calls and emails. He has $4800.0 from me and has not supplied the materials when needed. I would like to have my money refunded.

-joseph B.

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does not make any attempt to answer my phone calls or emails. I would like to have the money refuneded." if he will not refund yher money. he should provide the roofing materials as written in our contract. I will have to try to sell them to break even. Since
has made no attempt to contact me and is avoiding my call, I feel he is being very deliberate and is taking advantage of the situation. In addition to this, I had to go purchase roofing materilas from
Building supply on short notice. so the job could be performed as scheduled. I would like to see a receipt or invoice from his roofinf supplier or ditsributor.

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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!
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).

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.
"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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We started working on this project in February of 2014 with a cabinet maker that was recommended to us. Given the scope of what we wanted to accomplish, they recommended a builder to us. Unfortunately, that builder didn't take our project seriously. After 8 months, we had the architectural plans done, but the builder would not give us a firm start date. We went back to the cabinet makers and asked if they had another recommendation, and that's when they pointed us to
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made an appointment to come out and take a look at the project within a week or two of our contacting him. He walked through the house quietly, asking questions where necessary, but by and large it looked like he was just absorbing what needed to be done. We discussed a potential budget and he said he'd have something rough to us within the week, and he delivered the rough estimate as promised. It was slightly higher than the first builder, but again, I don't think the first builder considered us seriously, and I expect that we would have gone over budget significantly with him. We agreed and
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immediately sent us back a confirmation with some proposed start dates, and work started in earnest on February 12th. Even before work started, we had an epiphany that we had a half bath upstairs that we might as well roll into the project and have done at the same time, so we emailed
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, and once again, he sent us an additional estimate in just a few days. It was well within reason, so we added to the project. Every single crew
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was in constant contact with us regarding next steps, issues that arose, and suggestions on how to improve what we were doing. He was open to meet any time we needed to discuss issues and was just a pleasure to work with. It was remarkable that on a project of this scope, we didn't have more issues, and I think that's a testament to
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's knowledge, skill, and attention to detail. We had a little bit of "work damage" as the project went through it's paces, but
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assessed and replaced/repaired/repainted in those few spots that needed it without any questions, and almost always had it done or at least on his "to do" list before we even had a
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to mention it. When it came to final billing, there were a few discrepancies (in a project of this size and scope, this was no surprise).
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really did transform our home from a dated 1964 house to something that I feel like I'd see in a magazine. I sit in the kitchen at the bar and just kind of
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- Jason O.

Project went great. Glad I had a project manager,
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& Associates, to educate me on the process of remodeling a home. We had a tight budget due to financing rules and we stuck to it for the most part. From the beginning, through the completion of the project, they were timely, communicated well with what was going on, had great ideas that I would not have thought of, and were very conscious of our budget, and lastly but most importantly the work performed was of great quality. Since 2011, I have used them for miscellaneous projects here and there. Would definitely recommend for any major home renovation/remodeling projects or whether it just be a kitchen, bathrooms, or additions.
- Brett M.

My home was built in 1928, which can often times make repairs challenging for contractors and myself. It was not a large job but was causing some headaches. His crew was on time, very efficient and they were able to salvage the gutters which was a big cost saver for me as they were just replaced in 2007. They cleaned up quickly and gave me a quick explanation of what they did and why. They let me know they used longer wood screws to attach the boards as the wood on my home is older and not as sturdy in places. The crew worked together well as a team which made the repairs quick and painless for me
- Leslie H.

I'm very pleased with my new garage. Once construction started, it went up in about a week despite bitterly cold winter temperatures. His crew and subcontractors were very friendly and efficient. His crew and subcontractors were very friendly and efficient.
There were delays regarding getting approval from the historic society and permits from the city. None of those delays were in
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Overall, it was a great experience and I've had lots of complements on my new garage! Thanks,
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originally built the home we purchased in 2007. Last winter we discovered the front of our home had separated from the rest of the structure and was in serious
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failed to construct our home in accordance to the building codes then in effect. In fact Code Enforcement for Indianapolis, IN, informed us that had we not taken immediate corrective action to mitigate and restore the integrity of our home's foundation, they would have tagged the house and we would have been forced to move.
Despite numerous attempts to seek help in rectifying the very negligently expensive and egregious damage we have suffered, all we have received from
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We were very leary and scared to hire out someone else.
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personally sat down with us on a Sunday right after church in our half built dream home and went over exactly what needed to happen to get it finished and finished right! We had to finish the home out of our own pockets and he was very open to ideas we had to ease the financial blow and to ease our fears. He had his crew out at our house working before we had even finalized the contract, this literally had tears in our eyes. He and his site supervisor
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were on top of everything! If we had a question or needed anything they were available and happy to help. We were so pleased to see how great of work they had done for us. Even now that the house is finished if we have any questions, they will still gladly answer them! It was very refreshing to have someone come in and get the job done and done right.
- Amber N.

They promised to fix the drainage issue before we signed for the home. However, it's almost been a year, and they have not fixed the issue.

The problem is that water collects in our back yard. They have done a few very quick fixes, such as installing in a cheap pipe that goes uphill and does not drain. we've been in contact with a VP to try and resolve the issue, but he just keeps putting me off. we've had numerous issues, both inside and out, but the drainage problem is my biggest issue. They have come back to fix a lot of the issues inside the home.

Since we agreed upon fixing the issue before signing, they should honor their agreement.
- Rita L.

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