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was easy to contact by phone, very friendly, professional and informative in the initial call. He showed up" on time. He was very professional. Explained everything he was doing. Treated the home with respect (took his boots off to keep my floors clean) I would highly recommend him. His report was thorough and on time.I thought his pricing was right in line with my past experience with appraisals.

-Lin F.

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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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     If you are having a friendly divorce you might want to know what doing the repairs would add to the sale price. I think your best bet would actually be to talk to a realtor as to what they think the difference would be. Then get a couple of estimates from a local contractor or contractors.

     Being in a divorce situation I would think sell as is and move on as quickly as you can. Renovation of a home can be a stress on a good marraige and it would probably be worse if in divorce proceedings.

 

Good luck Don

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Real Estate Appraising reviews in Highlands

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

Property Appraisers in Highlands, NJ

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AMG Legacy Planning

10100 W Sample Rd

Apex Financial Network

151 South Munn Ave, Ste 2F
East Orange

Applehardt Building Ent Inc

10 Newhardt Place
Jackson

Appraising Jersey Homes LLC

662 Goffle Rd.
Hawthorne

BungoBox - Manhattan

56 New Hook Rd
Bayonne

Cafe Nunez

240 west 35th

CENTRAL JERSEY APPRAISAL LLC

44 Newell Ave
New Brunswick

Coast Appraisers & Consultants Inc

2150 Hwy 35 Ste250
Sea Girt

CW Solutions

Two Tower Center, 16th floor
East Brunswick

D'AMATO APPRAISALS

253 Newark Avenue
Jersey City

Frank Pento Broker Associate

4 S Holmdel Rd
Holmdel

Homesite Realty, Inc.

86 Ross Avenue

J L GUYER

2 HARTFORD DR
Red Bank

J. THOMAS APPRAISALS

2548 Algonquin Trail
Manasquan

Jack Arnt Appraisals

411 Alpine Ter
Ridgewood

JBL Appraisal Services

PO BOX 174
Brick

JFB APPRAISAL

922 ALLAIRE RD
Spring Lake Heights

KELLER WILLIAMS

50B US Highway 9 Ste 101
Morganville

Level Line Construction

22-55 31st street

Liebert Associates

401 E 77th St

MHK & Associates, LLC

641 Shunpike Rd.
Chatham

NEUHAUS REALTY INC

3171 RICHMOND RD

New Jersey Auctions Corp

10 fox hill rd.
Asbury

North Jersey Chamber of Commerce

205 Rt. 46 West, Suite 7
Totowa

PaintNY

103-20 116th Street

R & M Appraisal Reports, Inc.

8806 Little Neck Pkwy

R.A.S. Associates Inc

P.O. Box 5064
Parsippany

Radiation Data

403 Skillman Rd
Skillman

RHL Appraisals

3519 Aspen Road

Safety First Home Inspection LLC

23 Ozone Avenue
Cedar Grove

TRANQUIL TRANSITIONS LLC

PO Box 993
Piscataway

Vital Abstract LLC

2088 US Hwy 130 North
Monmouth Junction

WARD REALTY Real Estate Sales & Summer Rentals

106 OCEAN AVE
Point Pleasant Beach

ZOT'S APPRAISAL SVC

30 BENNETT AVE
Rochelle Park

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