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"I measured myself - very much an amateur job, so I thought I needed more than I actually did. I rented my own truck to pick the mulch up. Long story short, the truck" would only hold 3 cubic yards and when I dumped it at my house it turns out that's all that I needed... I immediately called and tried to get them to refund the other 3 yards that I never picked up but kept getting the run around. The girl kept telling me to call back and then when I'd call back she'd always say that there was no one in the back office or the "boss" that could fix it was out! After a week or so of this and feeling like something wasn't right, I finally emailed the company about it. A few weeks later I got an email explaining that the employee that I had been talking to should have handled it differently and never communicated the situation to the "back office" and was no longer with the company. I was told that I should call with my card info to get a refund of half the amount. I called and submitted my info and still never got the credit. Exhausted, I turned it over the credit card company. They couldn't work it out with the mulch company so they gave me a credit as a courtesy. Sorry, tried to make it short. The wrong measure was certainly my fault but I thought the company fell short on doing the right thing.

-Jamie P.

"Very professional and very responsive. Construction time delayed, mostly due to weather. I wanted the garage to look similar to the house ( which is mainly" brick and built in 1933). They accomplished this. The final result is excellent. would highly recommend.

-Thomas W M.

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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 were excited to move in to our new TH. We were delayed a few days due to some paperwork shuffle between the bank and the closing company. They day finally came for us to do the owners inspection. I went against my instinct and did not hire a professional home inspector like we did in previous houses we purchased. IF YOU BUY FROM LR HILL YOU MUST HIRE A HOME INSPECTOR TO SAVE YOU HEADACHES IN THE FUTURE. THERE WILL BE HEADACHES.
In any event, we were excited and went through the entire TH as thoroughly as possible. From the surface everything looked great. But in hind site we had the "Happy" goggles on. We did note a few items and
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, LR Hills quality assurance/customer representative guy was present. To be fare he did mention that we needed to note everything at that moment or it will be difficult for them to fix anything in the future. I should have stopped the process right there and then and hired someone. But I didnt, thinking how nad could things be?
Well, it will take a very long time for me to list everything that wnet bad after day 1 so I will just warn you to do yourself a favor and hire a professional to help you look for through a house that LR Hill builds for you in the Hamtpon roads area. I've had to argue over and over again with
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- Herman C.

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- Kerry O.

I submitted a request for an estimate online at the
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- Thomas T.

I made the call and the office and the manager was extremely helpful and courteous. She treated me with utmost respect and attention. Her question about my house allowed her to give me an accurate extimate. They gave me a courtesy call the day prior and arrived on time, in uniform on the assigned day. The entire experience was totally positive.
- Cathy D.

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- Elizabeth D.

Extremely well.
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I promise that you will be happy if you work with him. I was initially worried about the cost, but he saved me money in countless ways. Did NOT go over budget. The project lasted longer than anticipated, but that was largely due to changes that my wife and I requested in the midst of the project.
- Michael H.

They were fantastic. It was a family owned business. I can?t say enough about them. It was a fantastic experience. Every single person treated the house like their own house. They worked around aiming to complete all the dirty kind of job before our son was born. The price was fair and didn't go above what was quoted. They pushed all the savings to us which we used towards other things. They worked even during weekends for us.
- Michele G.

They did an excellent job. There were a few loose ends that we had problems with, but they were taken care of eventually. The major part of the process went very quickly. It met our expectations in the end.

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Werling Construction

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Windy Pointe Properties

3575 Bridge Rd

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5000 Portsmouth Blvd






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Wyatt Homes Inc.

315 Richmond Cir
Newport News


PO BOX 62485
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York Builders

1112 Dandy Loop Road


105 E ST





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