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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 Jacksonville

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My mother passed away in March 2012, leaving me 50% of her home, trustee for the other 50%, and estate executor. For those of you who have been through this life experience you know there is an unknown number of tasks/issues that have to be attended to. One of them is to get the "fair
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value" of the house you just inherited - which I didn't remember. Two things I did do was 1) before removing my mothers possessions I took photographs of every room from several different
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2) I kept a detailed list of all repairs and improvements I either contracted or did myself.
When the house was ready to go on the
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I searched Angie's List for an appraiser familiar with the area. Up popped
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with five recent reviews all with an "A" grade. I contacted
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on a Tuesday, liked the way he talked, asked if he could provide a retrospective appraisal (he said he could if I had a list of repairs and improvements), and setup an appointment the following Friday at 10am.
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was on time. Easy to talk to. Took his own measurements (didn't use public documents). Made his own drawings of the house plan and asked questions a potential buyer might ask.
Upon reviewing the "before" photos
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noticed several cracks in the drywall. I explained a soil settlement problem and that in
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. 2009 I contracted an engineering firm to re-level and stabilize the house with helical piers and lots of concrete. I also indicated I contracted the drywall repair and described the techniques they used for the repairs and that I had not seen any new cracks.
On the following Wednesday I received emails with attached PDF files containing very detailed reports (19 pages on the current appraisal). Information of similar houses including sale price and pictures in the vicinity used to determine
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For the retrospective appraisal
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used the repair & improvements list, before photos, and researched comparable houses that were sold around the date of my mother's death.
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He returned my call immediately and he scheduled the appraisal inspection with my real estate agent in two days. Mr.
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is also a real estate broker and he advised me of several things that I was totally unaware of- i.e., things my agent should have known.
The report was very thorough and gave me the information I needed to make an informed decision as to whether to proceed or not.
- MARK S.
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I called
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on a Friday. He came out promptly on Monday and did a thorough inspection of my property. He provided what I feel is a fair opinion of the value of my home, with sufficient documentation to support his conclusions. I recomment
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- Tony B.
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I called
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and he was out within two business days. He was prompt, professional and thorough. He performed a fair and accurate appraisal and I would use him again.
- Susan D.

All Property Appraisers in Jacksonville, FL

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A W WELLS

5905 ORTEGA RIVER CT
Jacksonville

A W WELLS & ASSOC

4234 LAKESIDE DR
Jacksonville

ACCREDITED APPRAISAL ASSOC

66207 Rocking Horse Ln
Callahan

ACCREDITED APPRAISAL ASSOC

645 COPPERHEAD CIR
Saint Augustine

ACCURATE APPRAISAL ASSOC

14329 DAHLONEGA LN
Jacksonville

ACQUEST APPRAISAL ASSOC CORP

PO BOX 5154
Saint Augustine

AFFLICK APPRAISAL SVC

4815 IROQUOIS AVE
Jacksonville

AFFORDABLE APPARISALS

9951 ATLANTIC BLVD
Jacksonville

AL MELCOLM RESIDENTIAL

1760 SHADOWOOD LN
Jacksonville

ALLEN CONNELLY & KINARD APPRSL

1791 Sternwheel Dr
Jacksonville

ALLIANCE APPRAISAL GROUP INC

1812 Creekwood Ln
Fleming Island

ALOHA CONCIERGE SERVICES

308 Wooded Crossing Cir
Saint Augustine

ANCIENT CITY APPRAISALS

PO BOX 953
Saint Augustine

APPRAISAL ASSOCIATES NEF

2811 Post St
Jacksonville

APPRAISAL DATA SVC INC

12443 San Jose Blvd Ste 402
Jacksonville

APPRAISAL EXPRESS

4001 CONFEDERATE POINT RD 15
Jacksonville

APPRAISAL SERVICES INC

502 E STATE ROAD
Fernandina Beach

APPRAISERS PLUS INC

12187 BEACH BLVD
Jacksonville

APPRAISING ST JOHNS COUNTY

4425 US HIGHWAY 1 S
Saint Augustine

ARPS

PO Box 56469
Jacksonville

ASSOCIATED CERTIFIED APPR

5450 110TH ST
Jacksonville

ATLAS GROUP

434 3RD ST N
Jacksonville Beach

BEACHSIDE APPRAISAL GROUP INC

233 6th Ave N
Jacksonville Beach

BELANGER APPRAISAL SVC INC

2022 THETA CT
Orange Park

BOLD CITY APPRAISAL SVC

2604 HYDE PARK RD
Jacksonville

BONEY & JOHNSON APPRSR

6850 LONE STAR RD
Jacksonville

BROOM MOODY JOHNSON GRAINGER

10550 DEERWOOD PARK BLVD
Jacksonville

BURKHARDT RESIDENTIAL APPRSL

205 PARDO WAY
Saint Augustine

BUZZ WAGAND & ASSOC INC

12443 SAN JOSE BLVD
Jacksonville

CALHOUN COLLISTER & PARHAM

10151 DEERWOOD PARK BLVD 200
Jacksonville

CARTER APPRAISALS INC

6029 MORROW ST E
Jacksonville

CHARLES CHEATHAM APPRAISAL

225 BLANDING BLVD
Orange Park

CHARLES M LEONARD INC

2426 MAYPORT RD
Atlantic Beach

CONLEY APPRAISAL GROUP

1511 GOODWIN ST
Jacksonville

CONSOLIDATED REALTY GROUP INC

4475 US HIGHWAY 1 S
Saint Augustine

CORNERSTONE REALTY SVC

1820 SHERWOOD LN
Neptune Beach

Countryplace Mortgage

113 Nature Walk Pkwy
St. Augustine

CRENSHAW-WILLIAMS APPRAISAL CO

6272 Dupont Station Ct
Jacksonville

DANIEL STEIN RL EST APPRAISER

9923 VINEYARD LAKE LN
Jacksonville

DAVID L BEAL CO

217 CENTRE ST
Fernandina Beach

DAVIS WILLIAM P JR APPRAISAL

542558 US HIGHWAY 1
Callahan

DETAILED HOME INSPECTION

PO BOX 16663
Fernandina Beach

DOUGLAS W BROWN & ASSOC INC

1848 PARK AVE
Orange Park

EAST COAST APPRAISAL INC

PO Box 51468
Jacksonville Beach

eFuneral

5000 Euclid Ave Ste 310

Florida Central Home Inspections

8011 St. James Way
Mount Dora

FLORIDA CERTIFIED APPRAISERS

4304 Charleston Ln
Jacksonville

GATEWAY APPRAISALS INC

4455 Baymeadows Rd Ste 106
Jacksonville

GEORGE GILL APPRAISALS INC

83 KNIGHT BOXX RD
Orange Park

GLOCKER APPRAISALS

3000 HARTLEY RD
Jacksonville

Golden Hammer Restoration and Roofing Inc.

4422 Manchester Rd.
Jacksonville

GRIGGS REAL ESTATE APPRAISAL

14145 TWIN FALLS DR W
Jacksonville

H A YEARGIN & ASSOC

101 CENTURY 21 DR
Jacksonville

H A YEARGIN & ASSOC

7990 BAYMEADOWS RD E
Jacksonville

HAMIL APPRAISING

60 ARDELLA RD
Atlantic Beach

HEALD & ASSOC RL EST APPRAISAL

PO BOX 330974
Atlantic Beach

HENDERSON APPRAISAL GROUP

2950 HALCYON LN
Jacksonville

HOLLAND REAL ESTATE SVC INC

634 RIVER RD
Orange Park

HOLLIS APPRAISALS

2974 HARTLEY RD
Jacksonville

HOWARD IRWIN APPRAISALS INC

1434 CASSANDRA DR
Jacksonville

HUMPHREY & ASSOC

1031 LASALLE ST
Jacksonville

INTEGRITY APPRAISALS INC

1535 STATE ROAD
Saint Augustine

J M HARPER & ASSOC

2503 ROGERO RD
Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE CHAPTER

432 E MONROE ST
Jacksonville

JAMES M DAYLOR INC

14286 BEACH BLVD
Jacksonville Beach

JAX Homebuyers Inc.

11111-70 San Jose Blvd Suite 221
Jacksonville

JEFF C COOPER

819 Acapulco Rd
Jacksonville

John F. Swindell

115 10th Ave S
Jacksonville Beach

JOHN MC CLOW

5335 ORTEGA BLVD
Jacksonville

JOHNSON APPRAISAL GROUP

2375 SMULLIAN TRL N
Jacksonville

Jorge Nunez With Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

Highway 17 Suite 10
Fleming Island

KEITH HOWARD & ASSOC

3915 Starratt Rd
Jacksonville

KEITH LEON & ASSOC INC

4443 WORTH DR W
Jacksonville

KEN'S APPRAISAL SVC

3574 US HIGHWAY 1 S
Saint Augustine

LAMPE ROY & ASSOC INC

4440 MERRIMAC AVE
Jacksonville

LANGHAM APPRAISALS INC

3016 3RD ST S
Jacksonville Beach

MANKEN GROUP

117 CENTRE ST
Fernandina Beach

MARY ANN GRAHAM SRA

223 PABLO RD
Ponte Vedra Beach

MASSAR GROUP INC

11725 SEAVIEW DR
Jacksonville

MAX F WILLERER & ASSOC

3950 OCTAVE DR
Jacksonville

MEL G WARD & ASSOC INC

10403-2 OLD SAINT AUGUSTINE RD
Jacksonville

MILTON E GREENSPAN

8245 SHADETREE CT
Jacksonville

MITCHELL APPRAISAL ASSOC

1542 KINGSLEY AVE
Orange Park

MOODY APPRAISAL

2022 MARYE BRANT LOOP S
Neptune Beach

NEXGEN APPRAISAL SVC LLC

1177 PARK AVE
Orange Park

O B STEFANSEN

4133 OLD MILL COVE TRL E
Jacksonville

PACETTI APPRAISAL SVC

2730 US HIGHWAY 1 S
Saint Augustine

PACETTI APPRAISALS

1301 PLANTATION ISLAND DR S
Saint Augustine

Performance Appraisals Inc

151 Sawgrass Corners Dr
Ponte Vedra Beach

PETIT & ASSOC INC

11555 CENTRAL PKWY
Jacksonville

PIER SIDE APPRAISALS INC

PO Box 16972
Jacksonville

PROFESSIONAL APPRAISAL GROUP

4001 CONFEDERATE POINT RD 2
Jacksonville

R & D APPRAISALS

1567 BLANDING BLVD
Jacksonville

R PATRICK MILLS

1003 3RD ST N
Jacksonville Beach

R PATRICK MILLS RL EST APRS

1108 SEAWOOD DR
Neptune Beach

RAIFORD & ASSOC

6224 SAUTERNE DR
Jacksonville

REAL PROPERTY ECONOMICS INC

11645 BEACH BLVD
Jacksonville

REICHENBACH APPRAISAL SVC

8047 LAKELAND ST
Jacksonville

REITER & REITER INC

4314 COUNTY ROAD
Middleburg

REITER & REITER INC

7238 BUNION DR
Jacksonville

RESOURCE APPRAISAL

1680 SMITH ST
Orange Park

RICHARD W LAMBERT

3360 KORI RD
Jacksonville

RIVER CITY APPRAISER INC

13727 DEVAN LEE DR E
Jacksonville

ROARK APPRAISAL SVC INC

1263 HICKORY COVE LN
Orange Park

ROBERT E COLLINS & ASSOC INC

9218 CYPRESS GREEN DR
Jacksonville

ROBERT M DAVIS APPRAISAL SVC

711 3RD ST S
Jacksonville Beach

ROGERS APPRAISAL GROUP INC

328 Talwood Trce
Saint Johns

ROY F SMITH JR & ASSOC

2136 HERSCHEL ST
Jacksonville

SAGE GROUP

3517 US HIGHWAY 17
Fleming Island

SANDERS APPRAISAL SVC INC

1561 Silver Bell Ln
Fleming Island

SCHOFIELD APPRAISAL SVC

7035 PHILIPS HWY 6-209
Jacksonville

SCULLEY APPRAISALS

160 VILANO RD
Saint Augustine

SFL Valuation Services, Inc.

3330 Fairchild Gardens Dr., #33621
Palm Beach Gardens

SMITH APPRAISAL SVC INC

721 A1A BEACH BLVD
Saint Augustine

SMITH REAL ESTATE APPRAISAL

1423 AVONDALE AVE
Jacksonville

SPENCER GREGG & ASSOC

2215 3RD ST S
Jacksonville Beach

STEVEN VOCKELL & ASSOC

9140 GOLFSIDE DR
Jacksonville

SUNCOAST APPRAISAL INC

1677 LINKSIDE CT N
Atlantic Beach

THOMAS APPRAISAL GROUP

108 S Beach Dr
Saint Augustine

Toro, Burns & Associates, Inc.

462 Kingsley Avenue
Orange Park

VALUE IT

1100 SAWGRASS VILLAGE DR
Ponte Vedra Beach

VERA B THRIFT APPRAISALS

1186 BATTLE CV
Jacksonville

WEEKS APPRAISAL GROUP INC

12133 HONEY CREEK PL
Jacksonville

WEIGEL-VEASEY APPRAISERS INC

2809 BLANDING BLVD
Middleburg

WILKES APPRAISERS INC

217 N Checkerberry Way
Fruit Cove

WILLIAM COOK APPRAISAL SVC

1560 Grove Park Blvd
Jacksonville

WILSON & ASSOC

76243 LONGLEAF LOOP
Yulee

Wolff Pak Realty

3611 St. Johns Bluff Rd S
Jacksonville

WORLD WIDE APPRAISALS INC

5449 MARCIA CIR
Jacksonville

WORLDWIDE APPRAISAL SVC

6316 SAN JUAN AVE
Jacksonville

Zink's Insulation, llc

12261 Cobblefield Cir N
Jacksonville

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