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"The job went very smoothly. Carpenters were excellent. Very knowledgeable and offered many suggestions to improve what we were describing as to what we wanted" to accomplish which was an open floor concept between kitchen, dining room and living room. Job involved knocking down a wall between the kitchen and dining room, and a wall between the dining room and living room. In addition, paneling and pine from other walls needed to be removed. While the job was completed in August very much to our satisfaction, we noticed in February a crack in the ceiling where one of the walls was removed. We contacted them and while they mentioned that the crack could have resulted from the cold, they were willing to repair it one time. They have completed the repair, which required more support to the beam in the ceiling. They once again completed the repair very much to our satisfaction. Overall, we are very happy with the end result.

-cindy N.

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"Very professionally done and very happy with the work. We were frustrated about lack of communication on future visits to complete the next stage in the process.

-Wendy B.

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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.

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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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"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
Todd's Home Services
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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
www.thomeservices.com

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This was the third contractor we have ever dealt with, and by far the BEST. We decided on a Friday to go with remodel and Monday morning he was there but 8:30 with his crew, and from that day on till the end of the project, they never took days off to leave us and go to his other projects. What made this so easy was
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listen to what I wanted, I even got a banquet, a larger island and yes a beverage cooler where my husband can keep his drinks. One thing about his crew, they are so nice and honest that I never felt uneasy leaving them in my house while we were at work. One thing you need to do, when
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says he is ready to start you better have lights, fixtures, and other things within his scheduled time, they work hard and fast. If I ever have anything else done I will definently choose
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and his Crew. Very Honest People, and his quoted price was right on it.
- Brenda H.
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Hene is very responsive, competitive and aggressive with his pricing. He was kind and fair and I really appreciated him and his crew. I would hire him again for sure. quality workmanship. Honest.
- Cynthia L.
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was great. He understood what was needed, performed the work Quickly and efficiently. cleaned up his mess and took away the trash. Couldn't have asked for more. Great job.
- Stanley A.
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I will start off by saying that eventually the work was satisfactorily completed and they did issue a slightly reduced price because of all of the problems, but there were a lot of problems. Their workmanship was terrible and it took 8 months to put our house back together when it should have been done in one or two months. There was one excuse after another for the delays.
Obviously, I cannot recommend Superior unless they change their operating procedures.
- Bruce B.
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Long story short, the kitchen we hired him to remodel using cabinets, counters, and flooring we had purchased, still isn't complete almost a year later and
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has been "done" working on the project since last August.
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is a nice guy, I think he's a bit over his head as a "contractor." I would say he's more of an adept handyman. Before our project began, I sent him all of the materials we had purchased so that he would know what he was working with (and be able to make sure he knew how to work with all of it ) and also compare his bid to the budget accordingly. It's clear rather than do the research and be sure he knew what he was doing, he just jumped in. Aside from a host of minor things which one can expect to go wrong during renovation, our floor tile was completely botched.
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didn't mix the grout the same each time so it is seriously discolored and splotchy throughout the kitchen. We have had bids to fix it from legit tilers and their best recommendation is to rip it out and start over.
Also, during his renovation all of our trim and wood work got very chipped and damaged and was left as such. To be honest, we didn't want
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to keep fixing things that got messed up because we couldn't trust he knew what he was doing. Lesson to us: if the bid looks really low, it probably is because the person bidding doesn't know enough. Nice, punctual guy to do small jobs. And that's it.
- JM R.
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What a professional! There was not one sub-contractor who did not perform as expected. The entire process went as smooth as anyone would want.
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took it upon himself to manage the project from the inception, handling all permits to sub-contractors to final inspections. We had one sub-contractor who did a beautiful job with the painting except that he painted in the color we said "any color but 'Green'!" Of course, he misunderstood, and the room was painted Green.
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had them come back and repaint and trim the room at no cost to us. We had a few glitches of our own during the move...
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and his team were here to assist in any way. They ended up building a ramp from the door to the
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so the movers would not track any mud/dirt in. (the movers never set foot on the ground!) When we couldn't get a piece of furniture into a room, they came over and took every screw out... moved it into the room and set everything up... back to its original state...(if not better!). Even followed up with the floor repairs done by someone else... as they replaced the doors and foot plates of the
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, refrigerator & dishwasher that the floor contractor had removed.
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is very meticulous and follows up on EVERY detail. You can't ask for a better contractor! He promised... and delivered! We are certainly the lucky ones.

- Ro & Jo C.
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is incredible. He's an ethical man and a perfectionist, offering impeccable work and a wealth of knowledge. I feel safe and comfortable working with
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, as he makes me feel protected from other contractors that might wish to take financial advantage.
- Janis S.
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Started work but then did not complete. We tried to call several times with no response. There were a multitude of phone calls to get this company to come back out. They got us to do a little bit more than what was needed with the service. Very disappointed in how this job was handled. They finally did get the job finished but not without a lot of hassle. At one point they were working and the fumes were flowing into the restaurant and I had to tell them to please block off the work. This should have been something that they knew to do.
- Sheree M.

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02 Remodel

4304 98th Street
Urbandale

3 C CARPENTRY

732 53RD ST
Des Moines

AAA Painting contractors

529 W Roosevelt Rd

ACCURATE PAINTING CO

610 3RD ST
Waukee

Action Roofing & Construction Inc

5485 NE 17th St
Des Moines

ADC Hawkeye Storage

1201 NE 56th St
Pleasant Hill

Addition Doctors

2003 Owl Ave
Woodward

Affinity Contractors

1406 Main Street
Norwalk

Alan Williams

Lafayette, IN

Amazed Design & Construction

PO Box 48
Saint Marys

Amega Garage Door Openers Inc

2404 Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy
Des Moines

Ark Construction LLC

PO Box 22237
Clive

ASSOCIATED CONSTRUCTION DISTRI

1605 SE DELAWARE AVE
Ankeny

Assured Home Inspections, LLC.

8855 Luin Drive
Clive

B-Squared Construction

33 Country Club Dr

Benchmark Construction LLC

1900 Cedar Street
Norwalk

Blueprint Homes LLC

14212 Ridgemont Drive
Urbandale

BMB Finishes

4525 77th St.
Urbandale

Brenizer Builders

115 Elm Court
Norwalk

Bryan Clark Homes

P.O. box 1230
Waukee

Bryngelson Builders

9229 Timberwood Dr
Johnston

Bull West Design

4715 Devlin Dr
Norwalk

Carpenter Construction Services

732 SE Shurfine Dr
Ankeny

CHS, LLC

545 Hwy 6
Waukee

City Builders

2009 Center St
Cedar Falls

Clean Living Services

9408 Lakewood Pointe Dr
Norwalk

Cleary Building - DeSoto

901 Guthrie Street
De Soto

Complete Contruction

5029 450th St
Winterset

CONTRACTORS GROUP INC

413 SW CHERRY ST
Ankeny

Cornerstone Homes LTD

PO Box 1108
Waukee

Cover's Construction LLC

21321 V Ave
Dallas Center

Creating Spaces

528 36th St
Des Moines

CREATIVE CUSTOM REMODELING

1927 NW 90TH ST
Clive

Creekside Construction Services

4603 NE McDougal Ln
Ankeny

CURTIS DEVELOPMENT

301 NE TRILEIN DR
Ankeny

DEAN SNYDER CONSTRUCTION

5151 SE RIO CT
Ankeny

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Downing Construction Inc

2500 W. 2nd Ave.
Indianola

Eric Eugene Woods

417 Wilson St.
Van Meter

Fairmeadows Village

2625 Vine St
West Des Moines

FRONTIER CONSTRUCTION INC

2156 N RIVER SCHOOL RD
Winterset

Giovanti

213 n. Ankeny blvd., ste 120
Ankeny

Hammerhead Construction, LLC

6612 Sheridan AVE
Des Moines

Harless Construction

4960 Ashley Park Dr
West Des Moines

Hartman Remodeling & Constr

11761 Nw Beaver Dr
Granger

HCI Marketing LLC

4343 16th Street

Hickory Construction Inc

P.O. Box 136
Ames

HOFFMAN CONSTRUCTION

4629 WEBSTER ST
Ames

Holst Construction

4665 North East 7th street
Des Moines

Homes By Brill LLC

2894 106th St.
Urbandale

Ichi Bike

311 E Walnut St
Des Moines

Ironwood Homes, Inc.

3424 EP True Parkway
West Des Moines

J & G Builders

1326 NW Shoreline Ct
Ankeny

JD Homeowner Services

4807 160th Ave
Carlisle

Jerry's Homes Inc

10430 New York Ave
Urbandale

Jerry's Homes, Inc

10430 New York Ave, Ste C
Urbandale

K & V HOMES

2105 S.E. 37th. St.
Grimes

KIMBERLEY DEVELOPMENT

2785 N ANKENY BLVD
Ankeny

MAPES CONSTRUCTION CO

1703 SW Abilene Rd
Ankeny

Midwest Homes LLC

5300 Hickory Hills Dr
Ames

Modern Touches LLC

6781 Hickman Rd
Urbandale

NVR Inc

11700 Plaza American Dr

Orton Homes

2208 Woodlands Pkwy
Clive

PETERSON BUILDERS

55418 310TH ST
Huxley

Peterson Construction

1929 W 2nd St
Webster City

PHOENIX C & D RECYCLING

4764 NE 22ND ST
Des Moines

Platinum Development Co

2538 73rd St
Urbandale

Premier Construction Services

5461 Sandstone Dr
West Des Moines

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

Ridnour Construction

3811 Lincoln Place Dr
Des Moines

Scandinavian Log Homes

1861 NE 146 Street

SILENT RIVERS DESIGN + BUILD

9205 SWANSON BLVD
Clive

Smart Roofing LLC

2614 61St St
Des Moines

Smith Construction

3927 E Tiffin Ave
Des Moines

Teagle Construction

123 Stevens Dr
Iowa City

TECK General Builders

1124 SW 50th St.
Ankeny

The Carpenters Group

2009 Nature Trail
Winterset

TNT CONSTRUCTION CO

2220 NW 72ND AVE
Ankeny

Total Drywall

1101 SW Ordnance Rd
Ankeny

Trezac Construction

355 88th St
West Des Moines

Triple R Builders Inc.

2000 NW Kelsey Lynn Circle
Grimes

Umthun Construction

11651 NW 121st St
Granger

Veldkamp Construction Services LLC.

4532 Boulevard Place
Des Moines

Vice Construction

PO Box 644
Indianola

WAUSAU HOMES-INDIANOLA

PO Box 316
Indianola

WINDSOR HOMES

102 SE 30th St Ste 4
Ankeny

Woodmaster Remodeling

885 NW Aurora
Des Moines

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