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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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I called three times and left messages. Never received a phone call back from this company.
- Katie A.
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to explain his reasoning and he ignored my questions. I paid the bill but I am confused why he could not reasonably value the property in a realistic way. This was a totally unrealistic appraisal and he seems to think that $500.00 for an unrealistic and unfair appraisal is the way to do business. I understand that objectivity is an important consideration of any appraisal but the level of uncaring attitude is unfair and his methodology of comparisons is outrageously off the
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- DANIEL M.
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and his business partner are pleasant, friendly people.
However, his appraisal was so far off the
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that it torpedoed my loan process and I had to abandon and start over with another bank.
His appraisal came in at roughly 25% less than actual
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value (based on 15-20 recent comps) and less than the total of what I paid for the house (8 years ago) plus 50% of the cost of upgrades I have made in those 8 years years (new metal roof, new
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-plank siding, new driveway and retaining wall and new 400 sq. ft. 1 1/2 story detached studio).
According to
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's estimate, my property has appreciated at 1% per year since 2008 (that's less than the rate of inflation), the West Asheville
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is closer to 8% per year over that period.
Mr.
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- Ezra G.
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I asked several appraisers on Angies List if they could appraise a house the following day. They mostly laughed. I asked
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and he said it would be tough but he would stop by the following evening. He showed up at 4:30 PM and had the appraisal back the following afternoon as promised. Can't ask for much more. Thanks.
- Kurt B.
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returned my call in about an hour. We set an appointment to appraise the property. She showed up on time and completed her inspection. She emailed the appraisal report 6 days later.
- Matthew M.
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Contacted this company for a home appraisal the Angie's List last week, no response. Thought that I would give them another
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and went to their website to contact them. Entered the information in their contact fields form. Would not allow me to send, came up with the message "Nonce do not match". Really.....
- Todd A.
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I had to change our appointment on short notice because my flight into
town was changed to a later arrival.
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was able adjust the time
without complaint. He did a thorough examination of the house and
answered all my questions, particularly those regarding the cost
effectiveness of various improvements I was planning. That was a great
help.
After the appraisal was complete he followed up both by e-mail and phone
to go over it; and answered the rest of the questions I'd thought up in
the interval.
He was easy to work with and I feel the cost was more than fair. I'll
call him again without hesitation when the remodeling is complete.
- David I.
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was punctual, efficient and thorough with his inspection. Throughout the process he was attentive to my concerns and responded quickly to my calls and emails. Mr.
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provided me with an appraisal I can trust.
- Marie Estelle S.

Property Appraisers in Hollywood, CA

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A & E BATHTUB REFINISHING

173 Mountain View St
Altadena

ACCELERATED APPRAISAL SVC INC

6736 KRAFT AVE
North Hollywood

Accelerated Appraisals

3233 New York Ave
Costa Mesa

ACCESS APPRAISALS

6731 EL CARMEN ST
Long Beach

ACTION APPRAISAL SVC

25 Peregrine Cir
Oak Park

Adam's Construction & Engineering

725 N. Catalina Street
Burbank

ALAN R SIMS FORENSIC, RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL...

101 E Redlands Blvd #215e
Redlands

ALL NATIONS REALTY-INVESTMENTS

12505 N MAINSTREET
Rancho Cucamonga

All Star Appraisals

185 N. Hill Ave., Suite 3
Pasadena

ALLIANCE APPRAISAL GROUP

7222 Edinger Avenue
Huntington Beach

American Appraisal Management Services, Inc

818 West Seventh Street
Los Angeles

AMG Legacy Planning

10100 W Sample Rd

ANCHOR PACIFIC APPRAISAL

2450 MISSION ST
San Marino

Angelina's Appraisals

18792 Krameria Ave

Anker Real Estate Appraisal, Inc.

15520 Rockfield Blvd
Irvine

APPRAISAL DEPARTMENT

PO BOX 12450
La Crescenta

APPRAISAL GROUP 2000

11019 Rives ave
Downey

APPRAISAL SOLUTION

2516 KNOXVILLE AVE
Long Beach

Appraisal Solutions

2390 Crenshaw Blvd, #155
Torrance

AppraisalPros

530 S Lake Ave, Ste 150
Pasadena

Appraisers National Association

6771 Warner Avenue
Huntington Beach

AppraiserValues.com

4570 CAMPUS DR
Newport Beach

Benchmark Environmental Services, Inc.

990 Centrsl Ave.
Riverside

Best Properties

5850 Canoga Avenue
Woodland Hills

Bright Green Contracting

464 Larkstone Ln.
Brea

Cal Best Appraisal Services

1655 N Garey Ave
Pomona

Cal Pacific Appraisal Company

18323 Saint Andrews Place
Torrance

Cal-Spec Inc.

42335 Washington St. F247
Palm Desert

Cambree Realty Advisors

230505 Crenshaw Blvd
Torrance

Candace Lazan - Keller Williams

15531 Ventura Blvd
Encino

Century 21 Marty Rodriguez

1030 Route 66
Glendora

Century Executive Realty

220 S Indian Hill Blvd
Claremont

Classy Builders

Los Angeles

COLLINS ASSOCIATES

351 CAPELLA
La Habra

DFM Appraisals

674 Brooks Ave

Duveen & Edwards Inc

5234 Calatrana Dr
Woodland Hills

EBERT APPRAISAL SVC INC

4607 Lakeview Cyn #253
Westlake Village

EXIT TWIN ADVANTAGE REALTY

39755 MURRIETA HOTSPRNGS G110
Murrieta

express realty & property management

130 W. Walnut Ave
Perris

First Responder Fire Protection

19146 Stare St
Northridge

Genes Appraisal Services

915 N. Woodbine Way
Azusa

GIBSON APPRAISAL SVC

11445 Moorpark St Unit 3
North Hollywood

GRAPHIC APPRAISAL SVC

14159 DICKENS ST
Sherman Oaks

GWS AUCTIONS, LLC.

74050 Goleta Ave
Palm Desert

HM Security

11455 Paramount Blvd. Suite J
Downey

Home, James! Real Estate

31103 Rancho Viejo Rd. #2328
San Juan Capistrano

HOME-PRO TERMITE CONTROL

14556 WHITTIER BLVD
Whittier

HomeBids Online

All Southern Cal
Temecula

HOPKINS VALUATIONS SVC

9255 W SUNSET BLVD
West Hollywood

IGM Auto Repair

6205 Kester Ave
Van Nuys

Informed Inspections

817 Diamond St
Redondo Beach

iRealty Inspection Services (dba IRIS Engineers)

1948 Comstock Avenue
Los Angeles

Jazzy Joel Productions

921 Transport way
Petaluma

JohnHart Real Estate

330 N. Brand Blvd.
Glendale

Jon Giedt Appraisals

2219 W Olive Ave PMB 29
Burbank

Judge Appraisal

11425 Coleman Dr
Moreno Valley

Julia Kim : Call Realty

433 Via Corta
Palos Verdes Estates

Karo G. Karapetyan

Woodland Hills

Keller Williams Realty

301 W. Redlands Blvd.
Redlands

LANDWOOD TITLE CO

1403 N TUSTIN AVE
Santa Ana

LIPIN & ASSOC

837 N WEST KNOLL DR
West Hollywood

LOCKAWAY STORAGE

1181 N State St
Hemet

Los Angeles Firemen's Credit Union

815 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles

Lumens Electric Torrance

25610 January Dr.
Torrance

M W FORMAN RE APPRAISAL

29516 Fountainwood St
Agoura Hills

Maggy @ Remax Execs

2999 Overland Ave
Los Angeles

Make Easy Maid

13634 Kagel Canyon Street
Pacoima

Marketplace Appraisal

Redondo Beach

MAYER COMPANY

PO BOX 2228
Toluca Lake

Mikes Painting & Mantinence

San Gabriel Valley

Noblin Appraisal

10889 La Batista Avenue
Fountain Valley

Omni Appraisal Services

13726 S Harvard Place #102
Gardena

Orbit Restoration

6160 Corbin Ave
Tarzana

Pacific Coast Valuation

11309 Breithorn Ct.
Riverside

PEGASUS APPRAISALS

PO Box 464
Lake Elsinore

Penny Smith Appraisals-Realty ONE Group

220 Newport Center Dr.
Newport Beach

PitchStreet.com

Beverly Hills

Power Property Management

11295 Washington Blvd.
Culver City

Precision

Pasadena

PRIME PACIFIC GROUP

23875 Ventura Blvd Ste 202A
Calabasas

Professional Appraisal Services

7510 Lilla Pl
Canoga Park

Progressive Appraisal Inc.

28154 Graciosa St
Valencia

PROMPT APPRAISER & CONSULTANTS

2371 Silver Oak Cir
Corona

Prudential Ca Realty

14014 Bear Valley Rd.
Victorville

RA Matus Real Estate Appraisal Company

930-25 South Palmetto Ave
Ontario

RAMIREZ REAL ESTATE APPRAISAL

10755 MAGNOLIA BLVD
North Hollywood

REAL ESTATE PLUS

8137 MALACHITE AVE
Rancho Cucamonga

Real Estate Valuation Service

15583 Darlene Lane
Fontana

Real Time Appraisals LLC

246 S Cypress St
Orange

Real Works Appraisal

2953 Honolulu Ave
La Crescenta

Rock Solid Granite

282 N. 2nd Ave.
Upland

S&S Appraisal

208 E Chestnut St #H
Glendale

SC Blueprinting

6219 Atoll Ave
Van Nuys

SCHWEITZER APPRAISALS

548 Maywood Ave
San Bernardino

SO-CAL QUALITY APPRAISALS

20028 SALTEE AVE
Torrance

SOUTH BAY EXECUTIVE REALTY

4306 MARINE AVE
Lawndale

STAGED

1115 BRIDGEPORT RD
Corona

Stein Valuation

1023 N. Hollywood Way, Suite 102
Burbank

Sterling Solution

3150 Forest Meadow Drive
Chino Hills

Superior Termite Company

7211 Haven ave
Rancho Cucamonga

TelecommutePro.com

Los Angeles

THE APPRAISAL CONNECTION

18411 Crenshaw Blvd
Torrance

The Gooden Group

6100 Center Drive
Los Angeles

The Schooler Company - Real Estate Appraisals

P. O. Box 5005
Rancho Santa Fe

United Loan Center

41663 Date Street
Murrieta

Valentine Appraisal & Associates

23942 Lyons Ave
Newhall

Valentine Appraisal Associates

23942 Lyons Ave
Newhall

VALUATION ONE

9107 Wilshire Blvd Ste 450
Beverly Hills

Victor & Carolina - RE/MAX

618 N. DIAMOND BAR BLVD.
Diamond Bar

Virtuous Homes & Associates

15335 Fairfield Ranch Road
Chino Hills

Wallerstein Construction

1771 Kenneth Way
Pasadena

WalshStreet Appraisal

P.O. Box 351081
Los Angeles

WeGoLook LLC

100 NE 5th St

WILLIAM R HANSEN MAI

3334 E COAST HWY
Corona Del Mar

William Rahn & Associates

691 Irolo St
Los Angeles

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