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"After sending an e-mail, I received a response fairly quickly for an appointment in about a week. The company does not give a time but a window of about 3-4 hours." I received a call at the end of the "window" to say the truck broke down and is on the side of the highway. We rescheduled for a few days later --- on that day, I received a call to say the appointment cannot be kept and again asked if I would reschedule. At that point, I said "no" because if they cannot keep the original appointment, I can only wonder what the excuses would be if I actually hired them to do the work.

-carol N.

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"Everything was done perfectly; friendly and informative; helpful ideas for solving problems; fast and organized - finishes project before moving to next customer." Picks up all debris and cleans up. E-mails or calls when he will be here. Very professional and trustworthy

-Beth G.

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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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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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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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"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 Carmel

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I filed a complaint with the Illinois department of insurance and before they could hold them liable, this company simply let their adjusting license expire. Very deceptive business practices. This company is owned and ran by one man and he touts 30 years of business, however those 30 years only worked for his benefit, not ours. As a result our business did not reopen and he left us holding the bag. Also checked with the cook county
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and he has been sued many many times. don't waste your time or money.
- keyyona C.
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We had a small"glitch" ifn first day's work which we discussed with Mr.
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. He was very kind and understanding ...quite patient and accommodating .He personally came over and went the "extra mile" so to speak...which we appreciated very much. We have hired him to do more work. We had confidence in his word and in his work...a great combination!!!!!
- Carole & John S.
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and his crew diagnosed and fixed issues with water leaks in my newly remodeled home. Additionally he built a partial roof to cover a problem area that a previous contractor had installed.
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was very helpful in diagnosing what the cause of the leaking was and how to best address the issues. Once he started he and his crew worked very quickly and cleanly, it was almost as if they weren't even here.
- Cory H.
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I called and left a message and about 5-10 mins later a man called back saying he was sorry he missed my call and what could he help with. I told him a friend suggested I call about my mothers roof either getting replaced or repaired. He said he could make it out either later that afternoon or the next morning to take a look. I told him the next day would work how ever I would not be there just my mother would be and if he had any questions to please call me. The next day he went and met with my mother. I will say I was nervous as sometimes a sales guy will try to talk a women into whatever he can. That was not the case here. He was up front and honest and even called me after to fill me and and answer any questions I had. After looking at the price to repair or replace we decided after talking to him that we would just repair. He was honest and said we could replace the roof but said if it was him he would just repair it why waste money when you do not have to which went along way. In today's world it is nice to get a honest business man who will not try to pull one over on you. He set up the work for two days later and had it done that day. A few days later it rained and she had no issues which made her happy and me as well because I did not have to hear about it anymore. So thank you to them for that. I replaced my roof last year but would use this company again if I had to. Now she is thinking of getting her rain gutters replaced and so the process starts again. But at least we know who to call now.
- Jeffery E.
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It was perfect. It is so sturdy and professional. We got it for a very reasonable price. He is very reliable, caring, nice, knowledgeable and professional. I didn't know what I wanted, so he went to Home Depot with me and let me put in my input and helped to get exactly what I wanted.
- Denise J.
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Workers were always on time but very unprofessional. They did not cover needed furniture and items in the rooms when sanding nor did they cover sufficiently the carpet in the room they had to pass through to get to the kitchen. Therefore, it took an entire extra day to clean up the room. Their work was good, but they were just not educated in the finer parts of the job.
The representative/salesman (
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) did not appear until the end of the work and kept telling us by phone that his "foreman" would be here. However, the foreman did not show up until the last days of the work and when he finally did, he was extremely rude to us, the owners. He appeared when the workers had gone to lunch. He came in unannounced and walked through the house. It was alarming and when we asked him who he was he was very rude and abrupt.
The workers were basically on their own and really did not understand what we wanted done. For example, we wanted 2 lights in the kitchen area and
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insisted we needed 3 so the workers did what he said instead of what we wanted.
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did not consult us any further after we told him 2 lights, just told the workers to put 3. We eventually convinced one of the workers to put a dimmer on the lights so it was not so bright. When
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saw this after the work was done, he was obviously not happy.
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was a typical "
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-dealer" to quote an old term, the original used car salesman. Before the work was finished he was asking for the final payment.
We will not use this company again, at least not through
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- Robert S.
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Superb. Very honest and competent. A total pleasure to deal with. I have dealt with many contractors over the years and
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is top shelf!!! Way better choice than
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, who only wanted to sell as many windows as they could!

- michael O.
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The front porch had just one railing, not particularly safe for my husband who has Parkinsons. Mr.
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's crew removed the existing railing and replaced it with a bigger, safer one. They came up with a design that allowed my husband to get onto the porch more easily. They also added on to the other side of the steps. This was all done in one afternoon. So professional and efficient. I could not ask for better workers or end product. Highly recommend!
- Louise D.

Home Builders in Carmel, CA

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Apex Construction

8793 Archer Rd
Salinas

Baggett Construction Services

17874 Moro Rd
Salinas

Balestreri Builders Inc

PO Box 1308
Monterey

BECKETT CONSTRUCTION & DESIGN

206 MID VALLEY CTR
Carmel

Bradford Lynn Terry Construction

7441 Leafwood Drive
Prunedale

Butel Construction Inc

733 N La Brea Ave
Los Angeles

C.R. Whitney & Son, Inc.

PO Box 827
Marina

Carmel Stone Imports

1725 Contra Costa St.
Seaside

CWDesign Solutions

52 Eucalyptus Dr.
Watsonville

Cypress Construction

3390 Trevis Way
Carmel

Cypress Development Company

1120 Forest Ave. #176
Pacific Grove

DANIELS & HOUSE CONSTR CO

27300 RANCHO SAN CARLOS RD
Carmel

Darrough Construction, Inc

1795 Matthews Ln
Santa Cruz

Davis & Associates

1292 Kifer Rd
Sunnyvale

DelReal Designs

108 Park st

Fehl Construction Inc

PO Box 2719
Hollister

Fischer Construction Inc

400 Garden Ave
Monterey

Francis Alwill General Contractor

531 Hannon Ave
Monterey

Frog Construction Services

PO Box
Pebble Beach

Galligan Construction

825 Brown Road
San Juan Bautista

H D NEWMAN INC

26171 MESA DR
Carmel

Hulett Construction

17140 Wilson Way
Watsonville

JC Construction

PO Box 1928
Morro Bay

JM Construction, Inc.

8400 Capstan Circle
Bradley

JRG Construction Co

1245 Kenneth St
Seaside

K.F. Construction, INC.

777 Cass St.
Monterey

Kenneth Chrisman Construction

8730 Carmel Valley Rd
Carmel

Kettle Construction Inc

25990 Dougherty Pl
Carmel

KRB Construction

18440 Vierra Canyon Road

Kurt Hall

1005 Blue Ravine Rd.
Folsom

lee construction co

705 mermaid ave

Lindgren Construction

2201 Glenview Dr
Hollister

Macedo Construction

PO Box 51144
Pacific Grove

McCoy Building Inc.

299 Reindollar Ave.
Marina

mill direct

327 lighthouse

Monterey Bay Construction Inc.

510 Airport Road Suite B

Monterey Peninsula Construction

971 N. Main St Suite 14
Salinas

Monumental Construction

325 Donnas Ln
Hollister

Morales Contruction & Consulting

2143 Freedom Blvd
Freedom

Nelson Meza

1155 Monarch Ln Apt H3
Pacific Grove

NVR Inc

11700 Plaza American Dr

ONLY CARMEL VALLEY HOMES

40 W CARMEL VALLEY RD
Carmel Valley

Ornamental Iron Unlimited

228 Reindollar Ave
Marina

P H WINTERS CONSTRUCTION CO

3 PENON PEAK TRL
Carmel

Pacific Coast Builders

P. O. Box 5121
Carmel

PACIFIC RECONSTRUCTION INC

1328 BURTON AVE
Salinas

PEARCE CONSTRUCTION INC

71 CHAPARRAL RD
Carmel Valley

Precision Built Construction

1581 El Dorado Ave
Santa Cruz

Property Restoration Services

2110 A Del Monte Ave
Monterey

R H CONSTRUCTION

46234 Meadowbrook Dr
King City

R J PACIFIC

546 AGUAJITO RD
Carmel

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

Rolyn Companies, Inc.

5706 Frederick Ave

Sampaolo Builders

3240 Del Monte Blvd
Marina

Santa Lucia Engineering inc.

3771 Rio Rd. Suite 112

Scandinavian Log Homes

1861 NE 146 Street

South Coast Construction

255 E Bolivar St
Salinas

SVR Inc

755 Vertin Ave E
Salinas

Whent Construction

PO Box Ck
Pacific Grove

Winkleblack Construction

1120 Phoenix Ave
Seaside

ZENDA HEATING & SHEET METAL

399 Reservation Road
Marina

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