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was always accessible and explained everything in a way that we could understand, since this was all new to us. I think the highest compliment I would give is if we have to do this all over again, she would be the only builder I would call.

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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
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Home Building reviews in Comstock

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OUTSTANDING EXECUTION!
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has performed multiple projects for us over the past 15 years in multiple houses. All of my projects finished on time (or early), on budget, and with excellent workmanship.

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and its president,
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, consistently demonstrate the highest level of professionalism of any services provider I've ever encountered, and completely blow away other contractors.
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's project management is exceptional.

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took the time to ask questions and listen to what I was trying to accomplish, then made helpful suggestions and amendments to effect the desired outcome.
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showed up on time for estimates and project execution. The estimates were thorough, and he made sure I understood all costs, challenges, milestones, and timeframes.

The company was conscientious about looking out for my best interests, even in areas beyond their control. Any concerns were immediately addressed to my satisfaction.
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passed all inspections the first time. Work zones and surrounding areas were clean at the end of every day.

High caliber subcontractors were selected and held to high standards.
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was onsite and supervised subcontractors, unlike other contractors I've worked with historically. The subcontractors were efficient and polite, and consistent with the quality of work I have come to expect from
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I highly recommend
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- Pamela S.
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Began the job but did not finish it. The lumber was left out in the weather, laying in the weather uncovered for almost 2 months and mold had grown on some of it. The walls were not secured properly. One wall had partially blown over. I had to pull it up with my truck and then secure it. He basically showed up three times and then stopped working. He gave me every excuse in the book on why he wasn't working on the job. I was also shorted materials, he basically bought only half of the roofing materials and other expensive lumber. In the end I had to hire another company to fix the poor work that was performed and finish the job. If you have considered using
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for any work, do thorough background check. He has a good sale pitch and is very believable. I didn't and it cost me a lot of money. Yes, he eventually refunded some of my money, but the cost of having another company come in to finish another persons job is not cheap.
- Dennis B.
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They're one of my customers. I'm a contractor. Lots of his houses were good. They're pretty good. The home buyers say the like them. They're great. Their price is good. I will definitely use them again.
- Sergio G.
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was so great to work with. The project was postponed due to issues with the tenants, and
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was completely flexible and understanding. He was able to fit us is as soon as we were able to move forward, and he was pretty efficient in getting it done, with one exception that was a bit beyond his control. he was always kind and helpful on the phone and gave really good advice.
- Amber T.
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He was supposed to do our house in 45 to 65 days, and it ended up taking about 13 months. The experience with him was off and on. It wasn’t that great. He was a nice guy but it took him way too long. He didn’t follow up on everything. He wasn’t stern enough with everybody else because he sub-contracted out. He was just too nice to everybody. Everyone just took their time, and he should have fired people and hired other people.
- Curtis W.
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I met with
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to go over work I wanted done. They toured my house with me as I described what I wanted done in each area. Before they left, they summarized what we discussed to ensure we were on the same page. The following day, I had an estimate in my hand. The
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crew arrived the following week and began working on my house. They were very respectful, courteous and exhibited the utmost professionalism while working in my home. Once they were finished, we had a walk through to verify that all items/work were up to my standards, which they were. I had a very positive experience with
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and would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone.;
- Robert F.
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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.

All Home Builders in Comstock, MI

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ABC HANDYMAN

10277 West O Avenue
Kalamazoo

ALL - N - 1 CONSTRUCTION

901 north center street
Bangor

All in One Builders Inc

1950 Waldorf St Nw
Grand Rapids

All Weather Seal of West MI

319 E Main St
Lowell

ALLEN EDWIN HOMES

2186 E CENTRE AVE
Portage

Allen Home Construction

27 Terrace Ct
Plainwell

American Heritage Builders, LLC

28602 58th AVE
Paw Paw

Art's Handyman Services

8185 N. Riverview
Kalamazoo

B. M. I.

123 Wilson Circle Dr.
Battle Creek

Better World Builders

315 Prospect St
Kalamazoo

Black Belt Builders

3121 Fleetwood Dr
Portage

Blue Line Remodeling & Construction

7880 S Sprinkle Rd
Portage

BOB DAVIS BUILDERS

13225 E ARMOUR LN
Battle Creek

Bob's Ext Contract Inc.

8817 N 39 Th St
Augusta

Bradford Johnson LLC

47659 40th Ave
Lawrence

C M Contracting Inc

310 Custer Dr
Battle Creek

C Squared Construction

2664 Eaton Rapids Rd
Albion

Cook's Home Improvement

38988 Paw Paw Rd.
Paw Paw

Dallas Conklin Const Co.

12713 E. Baseline Rd.
Hickory Corners

DeLoof Builders L.L.C

7509 west S ave
Schoolcraft

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Durwood Custom Homes LLC

3030 S 9th St Ste 2I
Kalamazoo

E & M CONSTRUCTION

445 Chasseral Dr NW
Comstock Park

Empire Construction Enterprises, LLC

912 Wheaton Avenue, Suite #2
Kalamazoo

ERICKSON BUILDERS

70291 2ND AVE
South Haven

ERMER CONSTRUCTION

135 PRINCETON ST N
Battle Creek

Forest Construction

94406 Drive D

FRC CONSTRUCTION

16509 Meyers
Detroit

FRITZ WAHLFIELD CONSTRUCTION

730 MARLENE ST NW
Comstock Park

Functional Homes, Inc.

536 Dunewood
Saint Joseph

Gary Van Meter Builder

1550 W Goguac St
Battle Creek

GEORGE C RESIDENTIAL BUILDER

5175 WAKEFIELD AVE NE
Comstock Park

GLASS WOOD & STONE

5269 FORDHAM AVE
Kalamazoo

Greater Michigan Remodeling LLC

6304 Meadowview
Kalamazoo

HAAN BUILDERS LLC

3559 WILD GRASS LN
Comstock

Hawk Construction

15 Oak Openings
Delton

HINES DRYWALL

608 13th st
Three Rivers

Home Maintenance Professionals

6274 South 32nd Street
Kalamazoo

Home Specialists LLC

237 Steele St
Grand Rapids

Hoogstraten Builders Inc

6086 Far Hills Way
Kalamazoo

Hostetler Construction Inc

10401 Sprinkle Rd
Vicksburg

Innovative Builders

6533 W Q Ave
Kalamazoo

J A Locke Inc

PO Box 1942
Portage

James R. Van Horn, Builder

32839 30th Street
Paw Paw

JBJ Builders Inc.

9299 Towering Oaks Dr
Comstock Park

Jeff Breedlove Handyman

99 Bryant St
Battle Creek

Jeff Larrabee Construction

43 42nd St
Bloomingdale

Jobson Construction

Comstock Park

JUD DEHAAN BUILDER

4231 W C AVE
Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO KONSTRUCTION

3234 MIAMI AVE
Kalamazoo

KEN ENGELKING BUILDERS

3598 BABYLON RD
Allegan

KIEL CONSTRUCTION

9343 OWEN DR
Kalamazoo

LA FLEUR CONSTRUCTION

4962 BEECHWOOD DR
Delton

Lee McDonald Builders, Inc.

8819 S 10th St
Kalamazoo

M A LARSEN & ASSOC

7688 S AVE E
Scotts

Mater Home Improvement, LTD

6647 s 25 th st
Portage

McBain Construction

413 Riverview Dr
Plainwell

Midpoint Construction LLC

2760 Paldan Dr
Auburn Hills

miller decks and more

415 W. Green St.
Marshall

Molnar Construction

10061 West V Ave
Schoolcraft

Moose Creek Woodworks Inc

454 East Hamilton Ln
Battle Creek

NELSON CUSTOM HOMES

8627 E J AVE
Comstock

NEWMAN CONSTRUCTION

2869 W DICKMAN RD
Battle Creek

NVR Inc

11700 Plaza American Dr

Osborne Construction & Maintenance, LLC

421 S. 1st Street
Kalamazoo

Pennings and Sons

5829 W KL Ave
Kalamazoo

PERRIN CONSTRUCTION

5320 RUSCHE DR NW
Comstock Park

POWELL CUSTOM HOMES

48962 24TH ST
Mattawan

PULVER CONSTRUCTION INC

5901 N 7TH ST
Kalamazoo

RANDALL J BAAS BUILDER

6745 Veronica St
Kalamazoo

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr
Royal Oak

Richard VanEk Builder

1565 N 7th St
Kalamazoo

RITSEMA MASONRY & CONSTRUCTION

434 W CROOKED LAKE DR
Kalamazoo

ROOFS & MORE

1219 E ALCOTT ST
Kalamazoo

Rossman Construction

311 19th St
Otsego

Scandinavian Log Homes

1861 NE 146 Street

Scheffers Construction Co

1495 Forest View Dr
Kalamazoo

Scott Keyzer Roofing

123 East Franklin Street
Otsego

Scotty D's Construction, LLC

1730 Huntington
Kalamazoo

Stonehedge Development, LLC

7417 North 38th Street
Augusta

Surpass Renovations Inc & Scott Christopher Homes

620 Three Mile Rd NW
Grand Rapids

The Repairman

7116 Starbrook Street
Portage

The Wright Fence

7615 Whispering Brook Dr Apt A4
Portage

U BUILD IT OF GRAND RAPIDS

4640 W RIVER DR NE
Comstock Park

Vandam Brothers Builder

5661 Newhaven Dr
Portage

Vangoye Home Improvement

1075 S Peach Ct
Plainwell

Veenstra Construction

4958 Pine Island Dr NE
Comstock Park

Versatile Construction LLC

5567 East R. Ave
Scotts

Vestal Builders

PO Box 125
Mattawan

Vieau Consruction

Middleville

Vincent Construction

5899 Guernsey Lake Rd.

VYLONIS CONTRACTING

55838 DAVIS LN
Dowagiac

W. J. Burnett Carpentry LLC

16745 18 Mile Rd
Marshall

WAHLFIELD CONSTRUCTION CO

6978 WAHLFIELD CT NW
Comstock Park

Wahlfield Drilling Co Inc.

4449 Westshire Dr
Comstock Park

Warren Builders, LLC

7764 East D Avenue
Richland

WATTS HOMES & CONSTRUCTION

5071 GULL RD
Kalamazoo

WBI Insulation

9984 Condit Rd
Albion

Wegeler Construction LLC

61439 41st St
Paw Paw

WESTGATE HOMES

680 PINCKNEY CT NW
Comstock Park

X TREAM ROOFING

8386 7 Mile Rd
Battle Creek

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