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Dear Angie: What are the differences between a home appraisal and a home inspection? — Demetrius F., Marina, California.
If you own a residential property, it's important you understand what mold is doing to your home.
You’re ready to put your house on the market, and you’ve decided to go it alone.
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.
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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1. Our house appraised for $425,000 seven years ago, and we’ve put almost $100k in improvements into it since then. Since the has rebounded well beyond where it was seven years ago, provider appraised us at only $2000 the appraisal done 7 years ago at $427,000?
2. The King County Assessor’s office update we just rec'd increased their valuation of our property $60k to $459,000. Assessor’s
data is historically considerably below appraised value.
3. Comp #1 is three doors down, is a year old, does not have the 2 car garage, 2 driveways, or fence listed in the data entered. And yet it sold for $20k over asking price. A walk down the would have clarified that for the appraiser.
5. The house across the street from Comp #1, a 1912 home with cosmetic updates, no garage, no patio, no decks, no hot tub, etc. went on the this summer for $525,000, got eight offers in 24 hours and sold for $620,000 cash, $95k more than asking
6. Comp #3 is east of our neighborhood, a historically lower value neighborhood. Appraiser is apparently not aware of local
7. Comp #4 is off of a lower income busy street in a much lower value, high crime neighborhood. Appraiser is apparently not
aware of local demographics.
8. Comp #5 was just a listing when the appraiser included it. It has already sold for $465,500, $16k more than asking price.
9. Comp #6 was just a listing when the appraiser included. It is east of our home, on a busy street, a historically
lower value area, yet is pending sale and shows a 21.4%/year appreciation rate. The last time it sold was for $20,000 more than asking price.
It is apparent that the appraiser (or his algorithm) are unfamiliar with the demographics and conditions in the area our home is
I asked him to sit on a patio sofa to talk and discuss unique features of our home. He refused and stated, "I don't work for you."
Flustered, I just stood there and looked at him.. He asked if I wanted him to leave. When I said, ...MoreRead more of this review "Yes," he said, "It's your loss," and walked out the door.
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