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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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     There are two types of cracks in foudation walls, horizonal and vertical. The vertical is from settling and usually is not that bad a repair onec the settling stops or the cause is fixed. A horizontal crack in my opinion worse unless it happened right as the house was built and it was backfilled incorrectly. That should have been fixed at that time though. Horizontal cracks are a sign of lateral pressure due to either a water problem, improper wall sizing or a combination of these. In these conditions I have always felt complete excavation outside the wall and reconstruction is your best approach with the proper sized block or concrete wall with buttresses as needed.

     You mention the future sale of the home and I would think the total replacement would be the best way as it will not leave any red flags. The steel plating would point to the problem and I can just think of all that would go through a buyers mind. Little things like how long will it be before the plate rusts out and needs to be replaced, even though it would probable last a long time.

     I would think you should spend the money on a consult with a structural engineer and get a written report on the problem and his recommendations as to the best repair. It will help with any future sale of the home. Without drawings the consult should be less than $500. I would bet he would recommend total replacement.

 

Don

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518 Remodel

411 Rte 146
Altamont

A & C Contracting

Gloversville

AAZ REMODELING

4 Elmhurst Avenue
Albany

ABConstructionIICorp

36 Anthony Ln.
Albany

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

Anthonys Masonry

300 Eleventh St
Schenectady

AW Construction

9 Chipmunk Chase
Saratoga Springs

Basement Waterproofing Inc

6484 Martin St
Rome

Bennett Contracting Inc

693 S Pearl St
Albany

BK Masonry

8 Emmett Dr
Nasayuna

Brazill Contracting

39 Shannon Ave
Cohoes

Bricks, Blocks and More

PO Box 68
Stillwater

Capital District Construction

22 Pinewood Rd
Guilderland

Capital District Contractors & Decks Inc

2207 Marina Dr
Clifton Park

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

CRACK TEAM

1292 GOWER RD
Schenectady

Creative Stone Work By Stone Wall Masonry Inc

882 OBrien Avenue
Schenectady

CWG Excavation and Timbering

152 Greenes Brook Road
Berlin

CWG Excavation and Timbering

152 Greenes Brook Road
Berlin

CWG Timbering and Excavation

152 Greenes Brook Road
Berlin

CWG Timbering and Excavation

152 Greenes Brook Road
Berlin

CWG Timbering and Excavation

152 Greenes Brook Road
Berlin

D HERBINGER CONSTRUCTION

9 Blossom Hill Court
Rexford

Davco Construction LLC

2107 4th Ave
Watervliet

Diversified Trades

319 Stop #2 Lockwood Rd
Craryville

DL Industries

1010 Washington Avenue
Rensselaer

Donald Fedorowicz Excavating Inc

39 Autumn Way
East Greenbush

dynamic construction

1026 Trinity Ave
Schenectady

Efficient Heating Services

37 Bloomingdales 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

H&G Genral Contracting LLC

Po box 129
Sand Lake

Hayner Masonry

22b Adirondack circle
Gansevoort

HD Concrete

853 Rock City Rd
Ballston Spa

Helderberg Concrete

2017 berne-altamont rd.
Altamont

herzog construction

25 crawford rd

Home Helpers Co-Op

111 Columbia Tp
Rensselar

HouseSmart Home and Office Improvement

221 Northline Road
Ballston Spa

J.ROBERTS CONTRACTING

134 county Rt10
Corinth

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

jeffs excavating

po box 1012
Ballston Lake

Jellco Construction INC

PO Box 4550
Saratoga Springs

JT Concrete

2151 Rowley Rd
Ballston Spa

JW MASONRY

831 New York 50
Burnt Hills

Kamran Ohi P E

1025 Jefferson St NW

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
Mechanicville

McBain Carpentry Services

2519 2nd Ave
Watervliet

MDG Construction

97 Orchard Hill Road
Slingerlands

MDS Masonry

110 brookline rd a2
Ballston Spa

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

Niles Development and Contracting

225 State Street
Schenectady

Non-Typical Home Improvements

PO Box 671
Caroga Lake

Old Saratoga Restorations, Inc.

77 Van Dam St
Saratoga Springs

Pelton Contracting

804 county route 111

pierre baldwin contractor

30 south rd.
Gansevoort

ProSeal Sealcoating

23 Wendell Dr
Albany

Randio Builders Inc.

PO Box 386
New Baltimore

RINSLER MASONRY

PO BOX 554
Slingerlands

RL Home Improvements

8 Columbine Ave
South Glens Falls

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

Sherwin P. M. And Construction

3219 E Lydius St
Schenectady

Smith & Smith Contractors

129 St Hwy 10
Caroga Lake

Stephen Colfels

PO Box 301
Glenmont

Stone Tech of Albany

429 Whitehall Rd
Albany

Style Painting and Tile Construction Company

354 Burtonville Rd
Fultonville

Superior Masonry Solutions

114 Fordham Road
Valatie

Sure Safe EFS

1440 Grand Ave Ste B

T & T Construction

1358 Van Antwerp Road
Niskayuna

Techno Metal Post of New York

102 Willsie Rd
East Berne

The Dry Guys

15 Timberland DR
Loudonville

tlc residential and commercial

25 Fish Lake Ave
Niverville

TOADFLAX NURSERY LLC

1604 SARATOGA RD
South Glens Falls

TriCounty Masonry

31 Rossi Way
Rensselaer

Turning Point Contractors

Saratoga Springs

Two Brothers, LLC

81 pierre ave

United Services General Contracting

34 Red Coach Trail
Ballston Spa

United Specialists Inc

424 New Scotland S Rd
Slingerlands

Upstate Property Service

430 Clarendon Street
Schenectady

VINNICK CONSTUCTION CO INC

4232 River Rd
Latham

WDI Inc

5308 Cauterskill Rd
Catskill

WOODSIDE & YOUNG INC

9C SQUIRES GATE
Poughkeepsie

Z-Ipek & Sons Inc

324 Torquay Blvd
Albany

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