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was the highest bid by $20,000. The entire project cost $50,000. Therefore I expected to get my money's worth; and I had hoped by" overpaying, I would get the quality for that price. The interior walls came down fast, so I thought the project would move along at a reasonable pace. We could not remove the interior stairs per building inspector unless we wanted to entirely remove them and get them up to code.
's foreman assured me they could manage the stairs, and make them great. They spent about an 3 hours on the stairs, essentially putting screws in the wood to try and tighten the cracks, then applying wood glue over the cracks. They applied a lot of caulk, and painted them. THEY LOOK LIKE A KINDERGARTEN PROJECT GONE WRONG! The stairs feel as if they are going to break when you walk on them. The caulk is so thick in some spots, over 1- 1.5 inches. The glue has discolored the paint. The paint is dull, flat. New cracks have developed. I had other carpenters look at them and they were appalled at the lack of quality. Two reputable carpenters agreed they took the cheapest means to 'repair' the stairs. Not only are they unsafe, they are an eyesore and I am very surprised they would want their name attached to this project.
even told me, 'people pay a lot of money for stairs like this'. And when I told him It looked like something I did...he said, " what a good job you did'. He insulted my intelligence. And asked me what did I want him to do, because he just did not know. I told him I am a health professional, asking me is inappropriate...that is why I hired him. Every issue I showed him, that I wanted repaired was a joke. The painters painted some of the heating registers outside on the driveway. With nothing underneath them, The outline of the heating registers is present on my driveway. The painters propped up interior doors against some trees outside, again with nothing behind them, and sprayed them. The outline of the doors is on the trees, IN PAINT! I picked up hundreds of cigarette butts all over the driveway. They tiled two bathrooms, so had to remove the toilets. They replaced the rusty piping to the toilets, with the same rusty piping. They took off every light switch plate because every wall was painted. They put back the old dirty cracked electrical plates, or just painted over them. They painted over old curtain hardware on molding, instead of removing them. They painted around the old light fixtures, instead of removing them. There are' rings' around the lights where the old fixtures were, and the gap between the new and old light fixture bases. Actually it is the old ceiling under the fixture base, now exposed and not painted. On the recessed lighting in upstairs hallway, they painted up to the bulb. If I ever go to change out the fixture, the entire ceiling has to be replaced. Because the light fixture is under the resurface material and then painted. They surfaced and painted up to the light bulb. They got paint all over the original hardwood floors upstairs.
himself could not believe his crew would not use drop cloths. They never used a drop cloth except when they sprayed the kitchen cabinets.
offered to sand and poly the floors, then changed his mind and refused. The floors had already been 'washed' to remove the paint. But it was so bad they could not remove all of it. Original hardwood floors, damaged by poor painters and no oversight by the foreman. The ceramic tile in master bathroom, is seriously bad. The tiles are all cut different sizes, along one of the walls. With grout as thick an inch in some spots, to 2 inches in other OF GROUT! there is excess grout just sticking to the walls, that they had forgotten to remove. Had work done in the cellar, strengthening floor joists, One of their workers, removed the heating ducts, to the first floor while they worked, but never replaced it. I kept putting the heat up because house was so cold, for weeks. I spent $ 700 in heat in one month. His foreman came back himself and fixed the duct work.
refused to reimburse me for propane heat, because my heat was flowing only into the cellar, and not the house. Said his guys all said they did not do this. No one was living in the house during the remodel and only they had keys. I could go on and on. Currently working with the attorney general's office and BBB to resolve issues. BUT STAY AWAY FROM THIS COMPANY!

-Marie B.

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in Hudson, Wisconsin to have a patio door instslled and windows rewrapped.. The previous door had rotted due to a leak" so the front of the house was boarded up. We dealt with
in Minneapolis and signed a contract on June 6, 2014. We were told that it would be 4-6 weeks since the door had to be ordered from
Window and Door Company. The gentleman that came to our home and had us sign the contract seemed unfamiliar with what he should be doing. We were then told that we would have to prove that our house was built after the 1970's to insure that there was no lead in the building. It is fairly obvious that we are in a new subdivision and our house was built in 2001. A
representative came to our house and performed a test for lead. He signed paperwork stating the house was lead free. After two weeks we called
since we had not heard anything on an installation date. We were then told that we had to prove that the house was built after 1970. We provided tax statements for 2000 showing it was land only, 2001 showing the house was partially built, and 2002 showing the house was built and occupied. We then received an install date of August 14. Two days before that date they called to say they did not have the door. Install was rescheduled for September 3. It rained that day. After several phone calls it was rescheduled for September 24. Again it rained.
did not return calls, the person in charge always had a full mailbox so you could not leave a message. It took writing letters to the
President in Atlanta, the President of
Windows, and Angie's List before we got any response. Installation scheduled for October 1 - it rained. The door was finally installed October 19.Putting a customer at the bottom of the list after it rains on their install date had to be the worst practice ever. I will not use
again for any installation project.

-Marvin K.

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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).

"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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FYI: CPVC and PEX are two different materials and installed differently.  PEX is not intended to be glued but instead has special crimp fittings.  PEX is a brand name of one product that is manufactured slightly differently by others as well so it is important that the same brand fittings are used to match the pipe material.

Mobile homes used CPVC for years and some still do.  It works fine but is not as strong as a properly soldered copper pipe system.  Is the contractor installing this new plumbing a licensed plumber?  I'd be surprised if he is since he's using CPVC and not PEX (or similar) or copper.  PEX pipe is even cheaper than CPVC when run by a knowledgable plumber.  It doesn't require nearly as many joints since it comes in rolls and can flex through spaces easily.

There are some groups raising a fuss about BPA and other chemicals found in plastics that don't like the use of CPVC, PVC, or PEX pipe.  I haven't seen the results of any lab tests to confirm or dispute their concerns.  As far as durability goes it's fairly safe as long as it's properly installed and secured.  It is not as susceptible to hard water damage as copper.  It absolutely must be insulated along it's entire length to protect it from contact to other materials as well as freezing.  Also, the fixtures in the house need to be grounded electrically since the pipe itself provides no electrical protection against accidental shock or electrocution.  In a copper plumbed house the system is grounded so static electricity, a short in a wire near a water line, or lightning strike will carry the current out through the pipe instead of through the water to you, ideally.

If it's installed correctly you should be fine but make sure the contractor knows what he is doing and follows the proper procedures to use CPVC pipe.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services

Home Building reviews in Hernando


I worked with Accurate in Cleveland years ago, and liked their work.
My cottage in PIB has a torn window, urgently in need to remove and replace prior winter sets in.The new window was at the job site. I had invited 6 bidders to look at the job, and remembered Accurate. He was glad to bid the job, and knew the most important was to remove and replace the widow during his 1st visit plus see other details of other things needing him to bid in.
He showed up without any helpers. The widow, weighs at least 300 pounds. He mentioned his "help" overslept, and thus didn't show up. One item that he could do was to fix a garden surface light and take details of the job items.
During the visit, he mentioned good prices for the various items, Since he worked with me before, I told him the jog was his, and he had to send the contract itemized etc. Upon leaving he demanded $750. He said that if I didn't pay, he won't return to do the job. I said that I would use this as a down payment and good faith but he had to return in the next couple weeks, so my house doesn't get more damaged. I trusued him knew he would come back. He never did. I asked for $600 return, and he ignored it. I had to re start inviting builders as they already got other jobs. NOw, I have to get this started this spring, all due to accurate. The fact he refuses to refund the $600 is wrong, and my fling is so others don't end up in same predicament as I had.

I compalined to the BBB, and he ignored it, claiming his trip to PIB was worth the $750. I had many builders come as far as Detroit,
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etc, and none charge me a CENT for bidding the job, so Accurate is wrong, and must be exposed, so others don't suffer this loss.
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- gabriela K.

About 8 months after replacing roof, her leaks started up again (with snow/ice). He told her the only way to fix was for an additional $3,000, as patching leaks wasn't part of the total roof replacement. After that conversation, he didn't answer phone or return calls.
Now my sister is told she needs another new roof if she wants the leaks to stop, and Mr.
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doesn't stand by his work.
- Mary D.

So far so good. The house is under construction. We haven't had any problems. They were very responsive. The customer service was good, answered questions. So far, I haven't had any complains about their professionalism.
- john S.

While there are things I love about my home, Icon is terrible to deal with. They put a lot of nice touches on their homes, but then cheap out on a number of things, such as carpet, yard, appliances, fencing. But once you are in, the nightmare begins. Any warranty work is a a trial to deal with.
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is impossible to deal with. He doesn't answer emails and if you get him on the phone he might deal with one issue, and ignore the other three you mentioned. I suppose it is a strategy, to wear you down instead of standing by their work. Selling a home, buying a home and moving are all challenging, but having to constantly battle to get problems corrected is just too much. Use a company that will take care of the buyer.

- Kathy W.

Perhaps the best compliment my wife and I can offer
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and his associates is that we trusted them in our home and in our business from the first moment. In a world where one must seriously be cautious about dealing with strangers, it has been a real blessing to know the men of
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Construction. They were on time, honest, most professional,and thorough in their work at every point in our interactions with them. My highest compliments all around... Dr
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- Herbert A.

The workers were great.They were on time,cleaned up the yard every day when finished with the job.they did an excellent job,was very pleased with the outcome.
- Ron F.

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and received a return call from
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within an hour. I explained that we had ice dams developing after we received our record snowfall for the season.
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came over that evening to take a look at the roof. He was forthcoming and felt the roof condition was fine. He did recommend that the roof be cleared as we were expecting another large storm. Set-up an appointment for later that week. He came with two workers. Once they cleared the roof they made sure the stairwells, walkways, and deck were cleared before finishing the job.
- Tracy C.

He did a very nice job, although it took longer than I expected. He is very polite and professional and I already have hired him to make a set of doors for a built in shelving unit in the hallway. I will call on him again when I have small construction projects.

- Michele S.

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A & M Restoration Corp

1119 NW 10th Ave


124 N Florida Ave

All About Homes Of Citrus County

P.O. Box 641194
Beverly Hills






9954 SW 57th CT

C Sterling Quality Roofing

4211 Shoal Line Blvd
Spring Hill


2338 W Dunnellon Rd

Conrad Construction Inc

PO Box 470424

Coulter Construction Inc

PO Box 1322


305 S. Salisbury Terrace

Damage Control Services

1551 NE 32nd Ave

Dan Ryan Construction

1820 S Campbell Pt

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Dream Builders USA Inc

14404 NW Highway 19



Expert American Home Service

1415 SW 17th St

Ferrer Construction

1015 SE 3rd Ave

Fiesta Pools of Ocala, Inc

2217 N Pine Ave

FPS Solar

503 E. Jackson St

gator construction inc.

1960 s connie point

Geri Painting Services

3780 se 95th st

Hammock Construction Inc

11963 N Ellsworth Terrace


3324 W University Ave

Historic Shed

1212 Ponce de Leon Boulevard

Hometown Air & Electric Inc

12426 E Hwy 40
Silver Springs

Howen Garage Doors

8899 se 90th ave rd

ICL Builders Group Inc

3250 SE 58th Ave

J & J Design Builders Inc

1925 SW 18th Ct

J & L Remodeling, LLC

1898 SE 45th St

JW Enterprises Inc.

32437 Whienty Rd

Lord General Contractors Corporation

Post Office Box 99
Indian Rocks Beach


5480 SE 145th St

Mark Rodriguez Construction

PO Box 2044
Lady Lake

Mason Dixon Contracting Inc

191 N Central Ave

MTS Construction Group Inc.

1617 NE 6th Ave


11700 Plaza American Dr


2331 NE 17TH PL

Petersen Pro Services Inc

761 N Kensington Ave


4630 SE 37TH CT

Rector Construction

3300 NE 26th Ct.

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr



Rise Construction

4090 south kenvera Loop

RJO Construction And Flooring

4420 Middlebrooke


11090 SE 36TH AVE

ROLYN Companies



740 NW 125th Ave

Routine Home Services

Moccasin Slough Rd.

SanderSon Bay

1940 N Prospect Ave

Scandinavian Log Homes

1861 NE 146 Street

Schnettler Construction, LLC

3569 S. Highlands Ave

See It N 3D Design & Technical Illustrations

500 Los Faroles , Carr 861

Southway Building Corporation

3225 NE 14th St

Spicer Design Build Inc

897 Shore Dr
Miramar Beach

Spornhauer Construction Inc

21 Water trak

Steppen & Spaulding Builders

2659 NE 35th St

Steven Rogers Construction inc

2207 E Maryann Ln

Stucco by Marko LLC

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Summit Highlands Construction, Inc.

2285 North Overlook Path

T & F Electric


The Aerial Companies, Inc.



5440 SE 4th Pl




13096 S HW 301





Weber Construction

635 West Highway 50

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