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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
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
quoted my brother $650, which seemed high to him, but because
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.

"Since the two appraisals were for rental properties, once I selected
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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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!

     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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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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- Kate H.

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was very respectful and polite as well as informative when answering my questions.
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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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- Nicole R.

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.

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responded within 24 hrs, setting an appointment for the next day. She arrived on time and performed her service in a very efficient, professional and friendly manner. She took multiple pictures and asked appropriate questions. She answered all of our questions, then promised to provide the appraisal as quickly as possible. The service was performed on a Saturday and she was able to provide the report in only a few days. We reviewed the data and the results and found her appraisal to be very thorough and as accurate as we could want. We would definitely use Ms.
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's services in the future if we needed an appraisal of property. Her charge was right in line with others that we looked into.
- Jean W.

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answered my call while he was out with his family for the holiday and I briefly explained my needs. My husband & I wanted to put our house on the
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and all of the real estate brokers came up with wildly different values, which I was sure were very wrong.
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to do my appraisal, he was very through. He took lots of pictures, notes & measurements. He worked quickly to gather all these data and let me know the timeline that I could expect back the finished project. He was right on time and produced an excellent, supportive data document that I could rely on. The final valuation was very near what I had originally felt was a good price for my home. When I did my FSBO, the appraisal was key in obtaining the highest dollar amount for my property. It sold in one day! Thank you
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. You are a true professional in your field and can be relied upon to render an unbiased and fair evaluation of a properties value. I would recommend that every seller seek such professional service before relying on an unqualified Realtor to place a value on your house.
- Athena S.

It went wonderfully!
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was running slightly behind schedule, but he had already called me in advance to let me know, so it was no issue at all. He listened carefully to what improvements we had made to the property, as well as noting what concerns we had, and he even gave helpful tips and suggestions, which I really appreciated. I have absolutely no complaints!
- Elaine H.

I contacted Ms.
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consulted me about other options that would better benefit my relationship with my bank and my refi process. Ms.
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- Jose Y.

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AMG Legacy Planning

10100 W Sample Rd


595 New Loudon Rd #205

Compass Realty, Inc

PO Box 272

Heartland Home Properties

756 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush

Matthew Maloney

PO Box 22

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105 Lake Ave
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Pact Home Inspections

11 s church st

Snowdon Valuation

589 Highwood Cir

Sunrise Realty Advisors

255 Washington Ave Ext

Valero Associates

5 Innisbrook Dr
Clifton Park

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