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"He had done great work for us several years before. HIs estimate was competitive, and his workmen came as scheduled. However within a month the $1500 coating that" was applied to the stairs began to crack all over. I called him, and he didn't reply, I sent him letters and pictures of the damage and he didnt' reply, except to say he drove by and looked at it and didnt' think it was a problem. I wrote to him again, and insisted he come and see it when the porch was damp and the cracks really showed up. After months of trying to get him to respond, he said he drove by again in November 2011 and agreed the work had to be redone, but to wait until the spring. We started asking him to get the work repaired in May, June and now of 2012, to no avail., The coating is all cracked, and it's unclear how to repair it. It's a stunning disapointment given our previous good experience, and his other good reviews. Apparently he moves on to the next job and if something is wrong it's just too bad. Very poor customer service. It's not certain how we can get the work repaired without spending a fortune to have his work undone.

-Marilyn D.

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"What stands out is that the instance the system was installed it's been perfect. There has been no water or infiltration. It's just been fantastic. " On a downside he gets so busy that he is not visiting each site enough. the owner doesn't visit the work site often enough. So, he's not supervising his foremen the way we would have expected him to. The foreman is very good, but they still need more supervision on what to do.

-Roger L.

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For this type of job, you need plans and specs from an Architectural/Engineering firm before thinking about contractors - and to get a building permit. Ben's method would work and done incrementally could cost well over $100,000 plus as he says, but this not really the most economic way to approach this big a job. A House Mover or Foundation Underpinning specialty company can usually slide your house onto a whole new foundation, or jack it up on steel beams and hold it there while a basement is dug underneath it, without any intermediate piers. The jacking/move cost would probably be on the order of $30-40,000, and a new basement probably about $40-50,000 - rough ballpark, though I have been involved in some 1000-1500SF single story jobs that went for under $70,000 total. I have been involved in a fair number of these type jobs - and the way the numbers come out, if there is room on the property to move the house, it is almost always nearly as cheap or cheaper to build an equivalent square footage (basement plus ground level) addition rather than add a basement under the house, and that way your new footage is half above ground so worth more on resale, plus you do not lose use of the house for a month or two. Second cheapest is usually sliding house to a new foundation, if property is large enough to do this - though house is totally cut off from utilities for a week to three. Most expensive, and usually only done in tight city environments or with full 2 story or higher houses, is adding the foundation in place, though your utility interruptions should be on the order of hours at a time rather than days or weeks. Talk to an architect - I think you will quickly lean towards the addition option rather than adding a basement - it is just too expensive to deepen foundations in most cases, plus you WILL get cracking in the house and possible water and sewer pipe problems in a move/underpinning job, which is not the case with an addition. This become more likely the case since you want to add 8 feet off the back of the home anyway - so why not just enlarge the addition and do it all that way - MUCH simpler, and MUCH less disruption of your life, and you get much higher resale return on your investment.
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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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4 Seasons Ground Maintenance Care

2715 Barton Ave
Schenectady

518 Remodel

411 Rte 146
Altamont

A SEPTIC SVC

CORELLIS DR
Rensselaer

AAZ REMODELING

4 Elmhurst Avenue
Colonie

ABConstructionIICorp

36 Anthony Ln.
Albany

ACS Excavation Services L.L.C

32 Glenridge rd
Rexford

Adept Surface Specialist, Inc

808 Babcock Lake Rd
Petersburgh

Adirondack Basement Systems

4 Jones Rd
Clifton Park

Albany Home Repairs

PO Box 301
Glenmont

All Points Construction

PO Box 237
Greenville

Altamura and Associates, LLC

PO Box 2195
Ballston Spa

Altomer Excavation

70 Day Rd
Stuyvesant

Amore Builder's

p.o. box 1752
Latham

ANTHONY CERONE BUILDING SERVICES

382 BLUE FACTORY RD
Averill Park

anything services

650 sacandaga road
Scotia

AW Construction

9 Chipmunk Chase
Saratoga Springs

Basement Busters

36 Currey Ave

Basement Waterproofing Inc

6484 Martin St
Rome

BK Masonry

8 Emmett Dr
Niskayuna

Blueprint Remodeling

7 state st
Brooklyn

Brazill Contracting

39 Shannon Ave
Cohoes

Bricks, Blocks and More

PO Box 68
Stillwater

Brownell construction & son llc

140 Rowland St.
Ballston Spa

Build Right LLC

4 Rogers St
Glens Falls

Central Masonry and Chimney Inc

10 E State St
Dolgeville

CLD Custom Carpentry

169 stone mill rd
Hudson

Couture Contracting & Modular Homes

383 Stuffle Street
Cropseyville

Davco Construction LLC

2107 4th Ave
Watervliet

Diversified Trades

319 Stop #2 Lockwood Rd
Craryville

DL Industries

1010 Washington Ave

Donald Fedorowicz Excavating Inc

39 Autumn Way
East Greenbush

Done Right Construction

13 Lancaster street

dynamic construction

1026 Trinity Ave
Schenectady

EARTH SAFE ENVIRONMENTAL

107 B cooksboro rd
Troy

Efficient Heating & Cooling Services

37 Bloomingdale Ave
Gloversville

Empire State Plumbing, Inc

260 Osborne Rd
Albany

Fazio Waterproofing & Enterprises

1034 Helen Street
Schenectady

Frost Excavating

286 Tidball Road
Schenectady

G. Richardson and Sons Contracting

31 South Main St
Voorheesville

Garone's Concrete Pumping, LLC

205 Park Avenue
Mechanicville

Get it Done Contracting

2nd street
Albany

Grandview Properties

23 N Grandview Terrace
Voorheesville

Greenwood Contracting, Inc.

18 Lincoln Ave.
Watervliet

Hayner Masonry

22b Adirondack circle
Gansevoort

HD Concrete

853 Rock City Rd
Ballston Spa

Helderberg Concrete

2017 berne-altamont rd.
Altamont

Herbinger Homes

106 Longkill Rd
Ballston Lake

herzog construction

25 crawford rd

Home Helpers Co-Op

111 Columbia Tp
Rensselar

Hunny Do

13b Woodbine Dr
Clifton Park

James & Doraine Bushnell

43 Martins Hill
Ravena

JBC

289 South Rd
Averill Park

JC MCCASHION CONSTRUCTION INC.

84 Frederick Avenue
Albany

JDC Contracting

52 Phillips St
Amsterdam

JDW Contracting

1607 Schodack Valley
Castleton On The Hudson

Jeffrey Mason

PO Box 6003
Schenectady

Jellco Construction INC

PO Box 4550
Saratoga Springs

Joe's Wall Coatings

3471 US Rt.9 Lot 122
Valatie

JT Concrete

2151 Rowley Rd
Ballston Spa

KD Flooring

Purling

Kenny's Homework

239 Antone Rd
Corinth

Kinetic Basement Solutions Inc

PO Box 765
Clifton Park

Knights Construction

181 Clay Hill Rd
Fort Ann

KRUEGLER CONTRACTORS

PO BOX 774
Latham

Lamountain Contracting

843 7th ave
Troy

LAWLOR CONSTRUCTION LLC

467 KNICKERBOCKER RD
Schodack Landing

Level Best LLC

207 Riverview Rd
Rexford

LMN Construction

18 Ethel Dr
Albany

M Johnson Contracting

135 Cary Rd
Halfmoon

McBain Carpentry Services

2519 2nd Ave
Watervliet

Mike Byer Construction

PO Box 427
Watervliet

Mike Darling Construction

220 Oakwood Ave
Troy

Mountain Timber Company, Inc.

1029 Carter Bridge Rd
Greenville

MULHOLLAND ENTERPRISES LLC

2084 ROUTE 9N
Greenfield Center

New England Structural

3201 Ellsworth Blvd
Ballston Spa

Nolan Engineering, PLLC

333 Kingsley Road
Burnt Hills

pierre baldwin contractor

30 south rd.
Gansevoort

R.C. Builders

474 Miller Rd
Clifton Park

Reliable Claims Adjusting

9953 Stockbridge Drive

RINSLER MASONRY

PO BOX 554
Slingerlands

Ron's PropertyMaintenance Inc

12 Kenlyn Drive
Albany

ROTTERDAM SEPTIC SYSTEMS INC

22 Iroquois St
Rotterdam Junction

S.Y.N.N. Enterprise

3 Elm St
Nassau

Scott services

276 ida yardbrough
Albany

Seiler Masonry & Excavation

South Glens Falls

Sherwin P. M. And Construction

3219 E Lydius St
Schenectady

Sipe N Sons Contracting Inc

235 Middleline Rd
Ballston Spa

SNH Group

1107 old state road

Staats Masonry

2438 Rt 9w
Ravena

Statewide Excavating

440 County Route 75
Mechanicville

Stone Tech of Albany

429 Whitehall Rd
Albany

Style Painting and Tile Construction Company

354 Burtonville Rd
Fultonville

Superior Finish

1315 W HIGH ST
Ballston Spa

Superior Masonry Solutions

114 Fordham Road
Valatie

The Dry Guys

15 Timberland DR
Loudonville

TOADFLAX NURSERY LLC

1604 SARATOGA RD
South Glens Falls

Top Course Masonry

Averill Park

United Specialists Inc

424 New Scotland S Rd
Slingerlands

Unlimited Concrete

520 Woodstock Rd
Westerlo

Upstate Property Service

430 Clarendon Street
Schenectady

VINNICK CONSTUCTION CO INC

4232 River Rd
Latham

WDI Inc

5308 Cauterskill Rd
Catskill

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