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showed up on time, listened to all of our concerns and answered our questions. His experience and knowledge were obvious. He got back to" us within 2 days with the quote. It was detailed but easy to understand. The crew came on time and finished in one day. It looks great. They were friendly and polite. They were respectful of our property and landscaping and did a great job cleaning up.. What else can I say? Great job and I would recommend them. and I wou

-WAYNE R.

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's team did another superb job for us! His craftsman are ultra skilled. We are very, very particular with this jewel of" a home; Bill delivered time and again with prompt top quality improvement assessments and labor and materials. He also renovated the kitchen in this home to modern standards while maintaining the character of this stone

-Gerald R.

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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
Todd's Home Services

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This was our second large home project with Ed
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and we couldn't have been more pleased in both instances. He's professional and very personable. He's a perfectionist who cares about the end product. He was very considerate of our budget and had fantastic ideas. Ed finds the best of the best sub-contractors and he treats them and his customers very well ensuring a smooth process. Any questions or concerns we had were quickly addressed. I cannot imagine doing a project with anyone else, he really is that good at what he does!
- Natalie P.
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.1st it was the small things. Vents and steps. Then the BIG stuff! First the attic was reinforced. Then they taped off my whole living room (DOUBLE) so nothing could leave that room. (I am on oxygen, so CANNOT breath dust and particulates) They made sure I DID NOT!!! They removed all insallation and then the ceiling. Put in new ceiling, then cracks were cut open, filled, sanded, and the whole room painted. My living room is BEAUTIFUL. Of course they brought their paint samples and let me choose. It is a Whisper Blue. In the mean time, 2 gentleman spent 3 full days under my house, and on the 4th day one gentleman finished up. What a difference it made to walk thru my house. WHAT A SOLID FEELING!!!! Nothing rattles anymore when I walk thru. This company is great.
NO JOB TOO BIG, NO JOB TOO SMALL!!! Whatever you need done, they can and will do it. They DO NOT run from job to job. They start your job and work til it's finished. This I really liked. How many contractors have TOO MANY jobs at one time. Not
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It went well, and for the first time (in all the work I have had to have done) I am COMPLETELY satisfied with this company from the beginning to the end. Although, we aren't at the end yet. Hip replacement comes first.
WHATEVER the job may be, I would CALL THIS COMPANY FIRST.
People need to work, and People need work done. I had such a hard time finding someone that would do big jobs, or small jobs. It was very frustrating til
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Yosef walked into my life. No job too big, and no job too small.
THANK YOU
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!!!!!!!!! You gave me a sense of security!!!
- Barbara B.
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FURNACE: It wasn't giving any air distribution; had 3 companies evaluate our situation and were given proposals to fix the air flow indicating the furnace was full or dirt/dust and debris along with the duct work. Builder stated he was up to code with the furnace. We had 3 True Flow Grid Tests completed to show the air flow distribution was not there. The Builder brought in his own technician and came up with 300 point higher than 2 other company that performed the same test and one on the exact same day as his technician.
After we had the furnace replaced and duct work cleaned we have the correct CFI for the house and have wonderful air flow.

Master Bathroom: The bathroom shower leaked at the sides, door and hinges. The builder had the glass company correct the sides and door but the hinges continued to leak all over the floor especially when cleaning the inside of the shower. The builder stated "don't clean around the hinges and you won't have a problem." We had the door replaced with sliding door and have not had any issues.
Upstairs Bathroom: When using the upstairs toilet the walls downstairs would sound like we had a waterfall that came thru the walls in the living room, hallway and master bedroom. The builder stated "the plumbing is up to code".
After have another plumbing company replace the plastic pipe with cast iron we have not had the same issues.
When using the bathtub upstairs for a bath water makes the same water rushing through our walls like a waterfall. This has not been corrected or repaired.
The only reason we received $3750.00 was because we took the builder to the Construction Contractors Board (CCB) and through mediation this is what the mediator though was the best we could do without going to court
- Theresa G.
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At first, Mikey the superviso came to my house to give me the bid. When I heard the price I was surprised because I didn't expect to pay so much. Later one Mikey explained to me what he to be done exactly and broke down the cost as far as labor, materials, rough materials, etc. it made sense afterwards. I chose to go with their business and my wife and I couldn't be happier. They did an amazing job, everything Mikey promised and wrote on the legal agreement was delivered. Also, the payment plan went according to plan and timing was perfect.
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really impressed my wife and I and I would definitely reccoment them to my neighbors and anyone who needs any type of home improvement. They also worked very clean and hauled away all the debris the same day as demolition.
- Michael A.
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Houston, owner, did an outstanding job of working with us and providing a hand drawn design for a handrail and railing on the front porch and stairs. He offered special insights on the design of the project to blend it into the overall layout of the house, calling upon his long experiences in home construction and woodwork.


- James M.
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The Sales Rep,
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, lied to us numerous times. The project was supposed to be a four month project...still not complete and it's been over 19 months. He under estimated the work and refused to complete the job without more funds. He has made several appointments/promises that he has failed to honor. I can't even describe the undue stress he has caused to us in the last year. Do NOT use this company or trust this man. While the work that's been completed is good, it isn't worth the stress.
- Deborah E.
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A lot of companies do not want to take on small jobs but
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was more than willing to help us out. I had just had hip replacement and needed safety bars installed in our bathroom. The job was completed quickly and professionally.
In addition,
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provided us an estimate on some projects we are considering for the future. He is a very honest and dependable person and I highly recommend.
- Danise P.
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Contract stated that he was to provide labor and Materials and came back said it did not! Lied about his crew, at first, he stated that they were all ex-military, then showed up with a bunch dope heads from our small town. Stated he was Licensed and Bonded, the contract also stated this. He is neither one! His wife,
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, states that she is a minister of a local church.
- Glenn or Rae Ann D.

Home Builders in Saint Joseph, IL

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AAA Painting contractors

529 W Roosevelt Rd
Wheaton

BATES CONSTRUCTION

2010 COUNTY ROAD 2500 E
Saint Joseph

Benjamin Lake

805 Heather Ln
Hoffman Estates

Bullock Garages

703 Bloomington Rd
Champaign

Can Do! Construction and Remodeling

416 Van Dongen St.
Cerro Gordo

Central Power Technologies

304 E Orleans St
Paxton

Cramer Siding & Window

708 N Country Fair Dr
Champaign

Custom Builders

904 S Race St
Urbana

Darcy Bean Custom Construction

PO Box 1758
Champaign

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Dowling Custom Homes Inc

2354 County Road 1200 N
Saint Joseph

DUITSMAN CONSTRUCTION

2219 MORNINGSIDE DR
Saint Joseph

FATHER & SON CONSTRUCTION

312 PLUM ST
Danville

Hallbeck Homes, Inc

4112A Fieldstone Rd
Champaign

HILLSHIRE CONSTRUCTION

2011 Trout Valley Dr
Champaign

HOKE CONSTRUCTION

1136 EASTVIEW DR
Paxton

Illiana Insulation Inc

PO Box 300
Cissna Park

KEN'S QUALITY HOME IMPROVEMENT

306 STOUT ST
Saint Joseph

Levitt Construction

2304 Johnson Lane
Urbana

MASLEY CONSTRUCTION CO

1408 PETERS DR
Saint Joseph

MGC Home & Garden Services

963 Iron Horse Pl
Monticello

MJ Construction

PO Box 212
Gifford

MOSELEY BROS INC

1602 E UNIVERSITY AVE
Urbana

New Life Construction

1934 County Rd 1850
Urbana

New Prairie Construction Co

605 E Main St
Urbana

NEWLINE HOMES

2309 Village Green Pl
Champaign

NVR Inc

11700 Plaza American Dr

Perkins Home Improvement, Inc.

502 E Green St
Urbana

PROFESSIONAL IMPROVEMENTS

318 E MAIN ST
Monticello

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

ReNew Concepts LLC

510 W Front St
Bloomington

RICHARD SIMS CONSTRUCTION

119 South Pine St
Arcola

Rolyn Companies, Inc.

5706 Frederick Ave

Scandinavian Log Homes

1861 NE 146 Street

Schrock Builders

350 N County 200 E
Arthur

Scott Nelson Construction, Inc.

1600 Spring Creek Drive
Mahomet

Shaw's Premier Painting

1003 S Barker Rd
Champaign

STIGALL CONSTRUCTION

1501 PETERS DR
Saint Joseph

Stivers Carpentry

310 N Main St
Mansfield

TimberCreek Developers

1559 E. State Route 9
Paxton

WHITE CONSTRUCTION CO

15462 INDIANA AVE
Georgetown

World Painting Company

1613 Commerce Pkwy
Bloomington

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