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"January was tough! Between our work schedules and me being sick we were in constant contact on email. He was VERY accommodating and when we finally were able to" meet up, he was friendly and professional and fast and I had an official report emailed as a PDF within a week. I am happy to recommend a local small business for my or anyone's needs!

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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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     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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showed up promptly at scheduled time. Immediately informed me of the process she would use in appraising the property and asked if I had questions before starting.
She asked all the right questions and was very professional.
We received the appraisal the very next
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day (sooner than expected) and was at the mid to upper end of expected range.
- David S.
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was excellent. At the advise of my Realtor and friends we had an appraisal done to base line what to ask for our home.
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was attentive and thorough. He was very patient answering the questions we had about how the appraisal is done and factors that contribute to the overall appraisal.
He was punctual, professional, down to earth, and didn't mind when we needed a little hand holding to understand where we stood.
- Tyler G.
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My brother made an appointment to have our family home in Flushing, Queens appraised. He called about a week before and the appointment was set for Friday, Feb. 20 at 10 AM.
The appraiser cancelled the appointment. She called at about 9:30 AM to say her mother was suddenly taken ill, had to be rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery and the appraiser would call to reschedule. She never did.
When my brother called the office a day later, the speaker did not know about the appraiser's emergency but was sure it was real and we would be contacted soon.
As of that Monday, no one at
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bothered to follow up with my brother.
Also, the quotes from other appraisers on Angie's List for single family homes in our area were between $300 - $500. Over the phone, the appraiser from
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quoted my brother $650, which seemed high to him, but because
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had gotten an A rating, he thought he would let it go.
My brother took a day off from work, left his home on Long Island and slept over at the Queens address to be certain to be there that Friday morning.
Now, maybe the appraiser suffered a true emergency with her mother. If so, we wish her the best.
However, that was no excuse for a professional company to not have someone follow up after OUR follow up.
- Andrea D.
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Since the two appraisals were for rental properties, once I selected
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Appraisals, my property management company coordinated the specific dates/times and met them onsite. I never met anyone from the company. Based on information from the company and my property manager, they arrived on time, conducted their inspection and comps, and returned their report promptly.
I was very happy with how smoothly the appraisals were coordinated and completed.
My rating on price is not based on any particular knowledge. It may be great or not great.
- Jeffrey D.
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The appointment was scheduled later than promised, and the report came later than promised. I got the report the day before I was scheduled to appear before the Board of Revision of Taxes to appeal an increase in real estate taxes in Philadelphia. The hearing was December 2, 2014, I got the report December 1. Consequently I had no time to review the appraisal with the appraiser, and did not do well at the hearing.

Also the photos that were provided of the house were underexposed and of poor quality. I had to rephotograph the premises myself.

The appraiser also used homes as comporables (comps) that were not in the same neighborhood. The house I had appraised was in Overbrook; two of the comps were in Haddington. So, the Board of Revision of Taxes dismissed these comps.
- Pauline R.
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was a great asset to us in learning about the
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area housing
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. He answered all of our questions in easy to understand terms and was very considerate. He was on time and have us a $25 discount for finding him on Angie's List. Very professional and well spoken.
- Kate H.
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I dealt with
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directly, he picked up the phone on my first call. I had a number of questions regarding the appraisal process specific to my situation and
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was very respectful and polite as well as informative when answering my questions.
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did not pressure me into moving forward with the appraisal, he provided all details required and advised me to let him know if we wanted to move forward. We ultimately moved forward with using
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's services, he completed the appraisal and returned all documentation to us in less than a week. The appraisal was thorough and accurate and
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made himself available for any questions I may have. I would absolutely use
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again in the future and would be happy to refer to anyone seeking a real estate appraiser.
- Nicole R.
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The appraiser,
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, looked around the property, including the basement and storage building. He took pictures and measurements. He took note of the cosmetic faults of the house, such as needing painting and linoleum needed repair. He did not ask questions. The company did not send me a report on the value of the house, but sent one to the loan company, concentrating on the cosmetic needs.
- Donald S.

All Property Appraisers in Highlands, NJ

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ADAPT

514 Middle Country Road

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

D'AMATO APPRAISALS

253 Newark Avenue
Jersey City

HEROLD APPRAISAL GROUP

480 Passaic Street
Hackensack

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

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

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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