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"There were many factors that delayed the job being done on my part. The company made many calls staying in touch. The touch was not preceived as pushy at all the"
and the conversation were good reminders needed during busy times. The day of the work starting, the team came out promptly and service began. During the service there were frequent checks with me to assure the work done was correct and complete. The service provider stated that the yard and property would be free of all debris and not require any effort on my part to tidy up after them. The promise was kept. A fence portion had to be removed for the leaning tree. You cannot tell the fence portion was removed. The fence and house of the neighbor were untouched. This neighbor's yard was just as it was prior to the limb being removed. The job required two days. If you are reading this review and can not decided on a tree removal or tree pruning service. Stop reading and call this company for an estimate. Your estimate will be fair and the service will be outstanding and you will be pleased.

-LAFRANCIS F.

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"Without guarantee of purchasing services or even that I would buy the property,
spent 30 minutes and talked me through some pitfall items" to look for, rough cost estimates,and other resources I should consider. I contacted him based on the reviews I read about him and he did not disappoint. I look forward to working with him in the future.

-Andrew J.

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On this episode of Chat with the Experts, we talk with Andy Lindus of Lindus Construction about how to navigate the home building process and what to expect.

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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
www.thomeservices.com

Home Building reviews in Virginia Beach

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The owners of the company,
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, their crew and their sub contractors were punctual, hard working and reliable. The owners were present every day, arriving early every morning to put in a full days work. The materials they selected were of high quality.
Both owners have excellent people skills. Each morning they conferred with us to let us know what was going to happen, what we need to do, and what our preferences were. They carefully supervised their work crew and monitored vigilantly for safely.
The completion of our room addition was way ahead of schedule and during the entire time you never heard a cross word or fowl language. The Hartmans were never flustered by changes and were always polite and positive. When the work was finished they cleaning up the work site and repaired any damage to the lawn.
- Cheri L.
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Contractor provided some good quality construction on parts of project, but was not consistent. Experienced numerous problems a number of which are still unresolved and would not recommend this contractor. Biggest problems were: Framing took much longer than expected since there was usually only one or two framers on the job most days. I had to bring the architect onsite to insure the roof was being constructed correctly. Experienced water leak in crawl space due to poor plumbing work. Did poor job of matching new subfloor for addition to existing subfloor resulting in buckle in new hardwood floor between rooms [family room and kitchen]. New hardwood floor in kitchen also cupped. Master shower had crooked wall, and poor quality tile work on niche and floor (does not drain well). Subcontractors would also use tools in my garage and bathroom in my house without my permission.
- William B.
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Very badly.
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lied to me time after time. Cost me about $10,000. to fixed his mistakes. Will not call me back. Left job not completed. Still fixing problems as of September 29, 2013. Didn't get my warranty on roof, windows, plumbing, and work itself. Made a formal complaint to Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation. Check their web site there 4 pages of customer complaints and pictures on Enterprise Builder,
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. Good luck .
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drove me crazy, My home of of 16 years wall and floor that he built still need repair. The outside wall still not repainted. I would not trust him to build a dog house for me
- Dominic M.
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was a professional from start to finish. He came out to give me a quote the same day. I hired him to do the work and he was able to come out over the weekend to complete the project. On Saturday, he was on-time and ready to work with his assistant. He completed on time and cleaned up the mess afterwards. I would definitely recommend him to others and have already hired him to do more work in our home.
- Sasha O.
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did a fabulous job with my project. I was impressed with how much he cared that I would liked how the final product would look and took the time to discuss and sketch out the whole design with me. I had picked an expensive idea from pictures clipped out magazines and off the internet, and didn't know that the hardware and materials for it alone was going to put me over budget.
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instantly thought of some creative ways for me to get the same look for way less with a special custom build out he could do. I was excited that he was so willing to jump into the project where 2 other contractors had left me high and dry. I was feeling so burnt after my last contractor experience and was alittle uneasy.
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put me at ease and was chopping at the bit ready to dive in with a "when can I start?" attitude. very motivated and talented.

Other contractors I had come out to quote it, didn't want to get involved where someone else had left off, but He took ownership of the project and really made it beautiful.

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and his crew were always on time too. I have never had a contractor ask me how early they could start, but this guy was up literally before my chickens on the farm - the crack of dawn. He had a large crew working full time to tackle the task in a matter of a few days, even worked all day on a Saturday. The construction area was always neat and as a single
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, I felt comfortable with these guys around. I had a few design thoughts and ideas to incorporate (after work had already begun) and he listened to me and cared. He was really fair with adjusting the price since it was going to be more time involved and I soo appreciated that.

The paint job he did was spectacular, now MY project looks like IT should be in a magazine and have already received a ton of compliments on it!! Just so impressed with
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. He stained my wrap around porch/deck as well and did a great job as well. I hope i can add pictures to this site since I love to show this project off. First contractor I have ever wanted to brag about and feel really lucky to have found him!
- Gina L.
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OUTSTANDING! They are the best. Exacting in their work, punctual, pleasant, honest. They care about doing the best job.
- William B.
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They build homes, they do major renovations and they do a lot of work all around this area. Some of the people that I have been exposed to that have done work in my house have been subcontractors through Peak and they have now become service providers for me in their given trade. Peak Construction oversees every single solitary thing. They watch and make sure that everything is happening on a timely basis. Their subcontractors are just wonderful. They are absolutely wonderful. When they make their bids, they stick by them. They deliver what they tell me they are going to do. They are on time. They do what is expected of them. Everything is beautiful. We couldn't beat their price for what they have done. They are working for us right now.
- Sunni P. J.
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was recommended to me by a neighborhood friend.
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lives in our neighborhood and I felt that was a great plus. He responded in a timely manner to my request for a meeting to discuss building our new deck and porch. He listened to what I wanted and did not try to sway me away from my original thoughts about the new construction. Within two days he was back with the tenative plans professionally drawn up and with the estimate. I have to be completely honest here..I was so impressed with the way that
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presented himself that I did not even get another answer. I found him, and over time have continued to find him, dedicated to his craft and honest and concerned about his clients. Please consider using
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's company for any re-modeling or new construction plans you have. You will NOT be disappointed!
- ellen W.

All Home Builders in Virginia Beach

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William H. Jones Co. Builders

5403 Lakeside Ave.
Virginia Beach

WILLIAM P DUGUAY CUSTOM HOMES

758 MCGUIRE PL
Newport News

WILLIE A SPENCER CONSTRUCTION

357 PEACE HAVEN DR
Norfolk

WINDSOR HOMES

844 FIRST COLONIAL RD
Virginia Beach

Windy Pointe Properties

3575 Bridge Rd
Suffolk

Wirth Development Corporation

5000 Portsmouth Blvd
Chesapeake

WOLVERINE ENTERPRISE

3816 LONG POINT BLVD
Portsmouth

WOODBURY CONSTRUCTION CO

804 INDUSTRIAL AVE AB
Chesapeake

WOODMASTER'S INC

2513 PERFORMANCE CT
Virginia Beach

WOODSTOCK GENERAL INC

2416 CHURCH ST
Norfolk

WRIGHTWAY ENTERPRISES INC

348 GOLDEN MAPLE DR
Virginia Beach

Wyatt Homes Inc.

315 Richmond Cir
Newport News

WYNN BROCK BUILDING CORP

PO BOX 62485
Virginia Beach

Xteriors Pavers, LLC

420 High St
Petersburg

York Builders

1112 Dandy Loop Road
Yorktown

YURON CORP

105 E ST
Hampton

YURON CORP

3026 TYRE NECK RD
Portsmouth

ZANKS CONSTRUCTION INC

12 WHITE HOUSE DR
Poquoson

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