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"HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE. Stay away from . We recently hired them to replace the skirting around our house that we were currently selling, and" it was a nightmare situation. Do yourself a favor and hire someone else. It was so bad, we currently have a case against them with the Texas Real Estate Commission. We were told the project would take 1 day as the house is only 720 sq. ft. On the day repairs were scheduled, the foreman showed up late, and asked what needed to be done on the house. He had never even seen our proposal. So we told him the skirting on the house was being repaired. Due to a family emergency we had to go out of town that day. 5 days later, I received a call from my realtor saying the condition of the outside of the home and the skirting was disastrous. They had ripped out the skirting and left in pieces all over the front and back yard. The only new skirting that had actually been completed was the portion that was written NOT to be done in the proposal. They had stopped working on our house the first day, and left our house, while we’re selling it in a very bad state for 5 days. Our realtor was so appalled, she took pictures. The company never called to tell us that they had stopped or why. When we called no one knew what had happened. Then they said it’s because they wanted us to talk about foundation issues although no one had ever called us. They just stopped working. We told them we did not need them to work on our foundation, and yet they wouldn’t leave it alone. It took an entire week to get them to finish work on the house. We would call everyday asking for a status on the job and no one would call us back to give us an update. We felt helpless as we were out of town. I called once at 5:30 to see if I could get information and told me I shouldn’t call after 5:30, and then said he couldn’t give me an update on my house. THE WORST PART about the entire situation, was when called to inform us that he had been hired to do the inspection on our house by our potential buyers and that he was going to tell them about foundation issues we wouldn’t allow him to fix. His behavior on the phone was less than professional. Although we informed him of the huge conflict of interest, he continued with the inspection and gave them a bid to fix the foundation that was higher than he had given us prior. We now have a case with the Texas Real Estate Commission regarding their inspection license. SAVE YOURSELF THE HEADACHE AND HIRE SOMEONE ELSE.

-Debbie W.

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"I purchased a $49 foundation inspection deal and found that although the foundation of the main house is fine, that there was a problem with" the attached screened-in patio. After the discount from the Angie's list deal, the foundation repair cost $4800, including an inspection by an engineer. Everything went great. The team to do the repair work showed up on time, about 7:45 a.m. this morning, and got to work came out to talk with them and complete the paperwork, but the the lead on the project had already showed me that he had all of the information that he needed on his phone. sent him the diagram and details. They were very quick and had all 10 piers in place before the engineer showed up a little after 10:30 a.m. The engineer recommended that the foundation come up another half inch on the end that was the problem and they did that while he was there. He seemed very happy with their work. After they finished -- about 11:30 a.m., I walked around the area where they had worked and it was difficult to find any evidence that they had been there. They had carefully bagged the dirt that they dug up and replaced it when they finished, so no one would even know that I had foundation work done if I didn't tell them. I am very pleased with the work that was done and the fact that the warranty is transferable if I should ever sell the house.

-TONI 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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Foundation Repair reviews in Austin

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came out and evaluated our foundation. He did a comprehensive
job, outlined our options and never pressured us during the whole
process. We are waiting 6 to 8 months to evaluate our foundation for
further movement. Should repair become necessary I would absolutely have Quality
Foundation do the work.
- Greg M.
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It went great. The contractor was not only on time, but early. For just inspecting my home and not charging anything for the service, he was extremely helpful. He made measurements of the home in various places, inspected the damage in the room and came to the conclusion that while there was flooding damage there was no evidence of foundation damage ...More as well. Very friendly and courteous throughout the entire process. I'd consider for any problems I might have in the future.
- Tom P.
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He was very friendly and professional. My appt. was at 9:00 but he did not arrive until 9:20. He did call at 8:30 to say he would be late and apologized more than once for the delay. It was not an inconvenience for me at all.
Before and after the inspection explained exactly what he was going to do. He provided me ...More with a drawing and pictures to explain the foundation work that is needed.
- Toni S.
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I found through the reviews on Angie's List. I had noticed cracks in our porcelain tile in our master bath
and breakfast room so I purchase a foundation inspection on Angie’s list. I received a phone call that afternoon from
and booked an appointment for the inspection. ...More was prompt and measured the elevation in each room of our home. Then provided a drawing with elevation points of each room of our home and discussed the process of leveling our home. took time to answer all our questions, step by step the process of leveling the home and what we could expect during and after the leveling. The back of our home was off by 3 inches. The crew showed up on-time and worked tireless for almost 3 days to level our home. They drove 17 steel piers 30 feet to the bedrock to establish a firm foundation on the outside of our home. They drove 6 steel piers 30 feet to bedrock inside our home. The team is amazing to
watch – they are truly a team when it comes to synchronizing the “lift” of your home. A few side notes – we have a pool, so they had to cut through a concrete patio, work around a pool pump with gas heater in addition to the usual sprinklers and plants. No damage to anything and all holes were filled when they completed the job. We had a couple drywall cracks to repair but that was expected with a 3 inch move of the home. As a follow up after completed the job, we replaced a set of French doors at the back of our home. The master carpenter who replaced the doors had this comment after placing a level in the door frame – “This is amazing, it’s perfectly level”.
I can’t say enough great things about . is honest and the work crew is smart, hard-working, amazing guys. Our home is now level as certified by a structural engineer and I’m glad that we chose .
- Susan S.
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from was very professional and personable and gave us excellent information and feedback. Absolutely a top notch experience in terms of the inspection.
My only complaint is that I emailed once and called twice before I received any kind of response. I would use them again if need arose, and they ...More called me back.
- Christine J.
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I knew for a few years my foundation needed leveling. The thing is, I had heard all the horror stories and didn't have the gumption to take on the dreaded invasion of strangers taking measurements and speaking in a language only contractors can understand. Not to mention the sound of jackhammers, creaking walls and huge holes in my landscape where ...More piers would be inserted. And I was afraid of making the wrong decision in choosing a company to make the repairs. So I procrastinated. Until I started losing my balance walking through my living room due to the increased slope of the floor.
Time to get serious. I asked the dozens of neighbors who had had their foundation repaired over the years for advice. All I got were more horror stories. So I took to the internet and did my research. After ruling out many "fixes" that seemed only temporary I think my guardian angel me to . Their technique was the least invasive and just made sense mechanically.
Their representative, , put me at ease right away. I could tell he believed in the product without hesitation. He was polite, patient, knowledgeable and . Attributes I highly value when making major decisions. He did his assessment, found I only needed exterior piers and advised me of my options. He was not condescending in the least when I expressed my concerns. I wish all contractors and their representatives had a bit of such kindness in their souls. At any rate, I said a prayer, took a of faith and signed the contract.
I'm so thankful that I did! The crew came out early on a Thursday morning and started working. , the crew leader, was such a nice guy! He worked right alongside the team digging, pushing pipe, bagging up displaced dirt etc. and they had 25 piers ready for leveling after only six hours! The next day the guys arrived ahead of schedule and got to work again. After the engineer made some minor adjustments they finished up, lifted the house (that was the best part!) poured concrete, replaced the dirt in the holes and were on their way. All this in the summer heat. They were really awesome!
I'm glad I did my research and hired this remarkable company. It was absolutely painless and definitely the best homeowner decision I have ever made. The investment has increased the resale value of my home. However, now that I can get my morning coffee without stumbling down a slope in the living area, I'm not moving:)
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- Georganne J.
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We are first time homeowners and after all the rain we've been getting I started noticing small cracks in the drywall of our house and the exterior of our foundation. Unsure whether or not they were signs of a bigger issue I bought a deal with for a foundation inspection.
The inspector called me the morning of our ...More appointment and asked if he could come earlier than scheduled, which was fine by me. He showed up right at the new time we arranged and quickly reassured me that our problems were all cosmetic and not structural. He took measurements of the levels in our house and said they were only off at most by a quarter of an inch and that our foundation was solid. He was very friendly about the whole thing and didn't make me feel silly for worrying over small cracks in the wall. He even said that if we ever suspected something had changed to give them a call again and mention the coupon we'd purchased and if we needed work that time he'd still apply the $500 credit that came along with the deal.
Punctual, professional, and friendly. This is the best experience I've had with someone we hired through an Angie's List deal.
- Mary T.
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we've had a crack in the foundation which we finally decided to address. We set up an appointment, and arrived on time. He first talked with us, and we were impressed that he took the time to ask us questions and answer our questions, to make sure he was addressing our concerns. He He took measurements of the foundation ...More and provided a drawing showing the measurements and differences in levels. He analyzed the crack we had in the foundation and told us there was no need for major foundation work ... it was a plumbing issue. We'd use him if we ever have a foundation issue.
- Carolyn S.

Foundation Contractors in Austin

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3 G HOUSE LEVELING

6900 COLUMBIA DR
Austin

5G Contracting LLC

101 South First
Austin

A Rod's Sand & Finish

1206 Eagles Way
Leander

A-1 Engineering

1006 Vance Jackson Rd
San Antonio

A-PLUS INSPECTION SERVICES, Since 1967

13114 SOUTH RIDGE CIRCLE
Leander

Accurate Leak and Line

3333 Lee Parkway
Dallas

Advanced Foundation Repair

10192 E IH
Converse

All Good Roofing & Additions

9415 Burnet Rd
Austin

All In One Foundation Repair

3005 S Lamar Blvd
Austin

Ambrose Construction

13355 N Hwy 183
Austin

ATS CONSULTING ENGINEERS

4611 BEE CAVE RD
Austin

Austin Concrete Construction

1602 Saracen Rd
Austin

Austin Drain & Air Rescue

7847 Fortune Dr
San Antonio

Austin House Calls

11754 Jollyville Rd
Austin

AUSTIN REMODELING

P.O. Box 92513
Austin

Bandow Construction Inc

8310 Oveta St
Leander

BioScapes

Austin

Black's Construction

P.O. Box 24
Martindale

Blaker Restorations & Remodeling INC

3630 Cheyenne
Round Rock

Blue Ridge Construction

12907 Lamplight Village Ave
Austin

Bruecher Foundation

12134 Pecan St
Austin

Capital Foundations

1703 Bench Mark Dr
Austin

Capitol Renovations

4500 Williams Dr
Georgetown

Casey Resources

12924 Pegasus St
Austin

Catalyst Construction, Inc.

1301 W. Ben White Blvd.
Austin

Centex Foundation Repair

1120 E 52nd St
Austin

Chino's Construction

415 east st. elmo #1E
Austin

Church Services

7910 Burleson Rd
Austin

Copeland Concepts

PO Box 204449
Austin

Craftsmen Iinc.

7000 Convict Hill Rd.
Austin

CRAIN CONCRETE CONTRACTOR

700 COUNTY CORK LN
Leander

CRC Concrete Raising and Repair

1720 Howard Ln
Austin

Dawson Foundation Repair

6906 Chetwood
Houston

Diehr Masonry

10215 Rocking Horse Rd
Austin

Done Rite Foundation Repair

11413 Gun Fight Ln
Austin

DOUGLAS FOUNDATION REPAIR

12510 EDWARDS HOLLOW RUN
Austin

DreamScape Design

8760-A Research Blvd
Austin

Du-West Foundation Repair

713 S Seguin Rd
Converse

East Austin Carpenters

1603 Deloney st
Austin

EMERALD SUNROOMS

7801 N LAMAR
Austin

Escobar Construction, LLC

11805 Dove Haven Dr
Austin

Evco Remodeling

5555 North lamar k117
Austin

Expert Remodeling

2405 2nd St
Austin

Falkin Services Unlimited

2727 Lyons Rd.
Austin

Fortis Foundation Repair

1200 Barton Hills Dr. #166
Austin

Foundation King

423 Mesa Hill
San Antonio

Full Circle Remodeling

7312 E. Ben White #12
Austin

Garner Consulting Group

100 Commons Rd
Dripping Springs

Gray Renovation

2406 S 3rd
Austin

Guzman Foundation Repair

1321 Mckie CV
Austin

Home Source Construction

13359 N Hwy 183 Ste 406-207
Austin

Infinite Exteriors Construction Company LLC

7301 RR 620 North Suite 155-162
Austin

J&T Stucco and General Contractors

4131 Spicewood Springs
Austin

J. B. Concrete Services

9500 W. Parmer Ln.
Austin

J.D. Hunt Construction

5411 Grover Ave
Austin

Jackson Matthew Contracting

9323 Manchaca #213
Austin

Lockwood Services LLC

PO Box 303354
Austin

Maldonado's Concrete

5103 Two Iron st.
Austin

Mammoth Construction

12221 Branston Dr
Austin

Mason Man

13422 Anderson Mill Rd
Cedar Park

Maverick Construction

17906 Linkview Dr.
Dripping Springs

Mr. Handyman of NW Austin

700 Hidden Glen Dr
Round Rock

Myers Concrete Construction LLP

P O Box 2928
Wimberley

NUSSEL CONTRACTING LLC

PO BOX 151842
Austin

NWS Construction LLC

3808 Manorwood Road
Austin

Olshan Foundation Repair

1720 SE Loop 410
San Antonio

Olshan Foundation Solutions

410 N Loop Blvd
Austin

Pegasus General Contractors, Inc.

Post Office Box 29042
Austin

Pro-Crete of Cedar Park

1019 Silverstone Ln
Cedar Park

Quality Foundation Repair

9906 Gray Blvd
Austin

Quality Handyman Services

8011 Niles Cove
Austin

Rebuild Austin LLC

9205 Sanford Dr
Austin

Rite Way Foundation Repair

1509 Falcon Oaks Dr
Leander

RRS Construction Services

10107 Janet Loop
Dripping Springs

Serrano Concrete & Masonry

PO Box 291
Georgetown

SpawGlass Contractors

1111 Smith Rd
Austin

Stable Foundations Inc

8038 Exchange Dr Apt 935
Austin

Stackable & Associates

13403 Briar Hollow Dr
Austin

Stone Creek Engineering Services Inc

2100 Walsh Drive
Round Rock

Storey Construction, LLC

6633 E Hwy 290
Austin

Superior Foundation Repair

13107 Dessau Rd
Austin

Texas Green Builders, Inc.

11300 Mayo St
Austin

Texas Power Washing

602 Thrush Ave.
Austin

Trusted Restore

12407 N MOPAC
Austin

TSC Construction Inc

7703 N Lamar
Austin

UpKeepers, Inc

4015 Guadalupe St
Austin

Vintage Modern

2029 Northridge Dr.
Austin

Wolfe Concrete

1648 Sunnycrest Circle
New Braunfels

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