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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
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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
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-Susan S.

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"The foundation inspection went well, the Golden team was knowledgeable and willing to answer any questions. They finished the foundation inspection and explained" the findings, they also explained what to look for and to keep "an eye on".

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Crawl Spaces

Homes that aren't built on a slab foundation or basement feature crawl spaces to allow for the necessary access to plumbing, electrical and other home systems.

crack in concrete driveway
Foundation Repair

Many homeowners worry about the severity of foundation cracks in the basement.

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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 Detroit

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They provided me a next day appointment. Came out reviewed my home
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a map with measurements. Made some recommendations to avoid needing repairs. Honest, informative and helpful.
- Christopher R.
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Incredibly professional. I was able to schedule with them fairly quickly. They came out measured the variances in my home.
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a map and explained to me the results. Upon review told me he wouldn't recommend repairs at this time, but also told me how to avoid needing repairs. Then emailed me his finding and recommendations.
- Christopher R.
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came when he said he would. Was very thorough with his inspection and quickly provided an estimate to do the work. Due to our insurance company (we have had to hire a lawyer) we have not proceeded with the work. Based on the site visit I would recommend this company for structural issues.
- margaret B.
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Scheduled work efficiently, arrived and finished the work on time. Online forms and email system work well.
Works was done right. Very professional. Cost was comparable to other estimates. Communication and work clean up were outstanding. Lifetime warranty.
- David T.
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Needed foundation repair and had a good recommendation for them. Their online form lead to a game of phone tag, that should have been an email. Next available appointment for the estimate was several weeks out, but I was impressed by the professionalism and thoroughness of the estimator,
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. We were not able to work out a mutual time to perform the work immediately (they rescheduled first and then my calendar and budget did not work for subsequent time.) Called them back several months later and could not get them to return my phone call. Receptionist,
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, repeatedly promised to have my call returned by the estimator, and it never was. I spent several weeks calling them back, expressing increased levels of frustration, with no luck. Receptionist needs to have some authority to provide actual information or make appointments, rather than being a message recorder. It would have been better if they had just said they were busy. I took my business elsewhere and was very happy with the result.
- David T.
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The lady at Atlas was full of questions. The other foundation companies asked whether it was pier&beam or slab, and that was about it, but she also wanted to know whether it had a concrete perimeter, whether you could see under the house, how old the house was, how high the crawl space was... I told her the crawl space was high enough to crawl under, but I wasn't at home and didn't know exactly how high. She wouldn't set up an appointment without me going home and measuring it, so I gave up. If they are this difficult when they are supposedly trying to get your business, I can just imagine what a pain it would be to try to get them to come out to redo something they did incorrectly!
- DEE P.
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canceled on me 3 times for a family emergency each time. I made the last appointment prior to the 30 day cancelation policy for them to call and cancel my appointment after policy had expired. We are all human, but come on, you really didn't seem to need the business or are too overbooked.
- Amy H.
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We were needing a second opinion on foundation issues we were having. Since our foundation is covered under warranty by a different foundation company we were told that the shifting wasn't too much to be concerned about. Aside from the cosmetic issues we were having it was obvious there were foundation issues.
We had someone from
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come out and inspect our foundation and provide a watering plan and took their measurements/information back to our foundation company along with a structural engineer's recommendations we obtained and had our foundation repaired.
They were very helpful and professional.
- Stephanie T.

Foundation Contractors in Detroit

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4-Ever Water-Tite

33333 Kelly Rd
Fraser

5 Star Construction and Design

2899 E. Big Beaver Rd.
Troy

A & M Basement Waterproofing

62115 Hidden Pond Dr
Washington

A to Z Home Remodeling Co.

17601 Roselawn St
Detroit

A-1 ROOFING & SIDING

37838 Seaway Court
Harrison Township

AAA CONSTRUCTION CO

12117 ROSA PARKS BLVD
Detroit

Action Fire Repair Corporation

29157 Five Mile Road
Livonia

active asphalt

46537 Ecorse Rd
Belleville

Active Basement Waterproofing

3456 Burns St
Detroit

Advance Home Inspectors

7261 Voerner Ave
Center Line

Advance Restoration

22815 Macomb Industrial Dr
Clinton Township

Affordable Dry Basement

37501 Lyndon
Livonia

All Type Landscape Co

P.O. Box 201
Whittaker

Anchor Masonry, LLC

37642 S Groesbeck Hwy
Clinton Township

ANDRE GELLE CONSTRUCTION

26190 GROESBECK HWY
Warren

APOLLO HOME IMPROVEMENT

P.O. Box 23009
Dearborn

Atlantic Coast Waterproofing Inc

8101 Sheraton Park Dr
Fenton

Attention To Detail

28 South HIGHLAND
Mt. Clemens

B Dry System Of Michigan Inc

8175 Big Lake Rd
Clarkston

Bauer Builders Inc.

53590 Andrew Cir
New Baltimore

Bayside Builders Inc

21304 Mack Ave
Grosse Pointe

Belvedere Construction LLC

6149 Trailside Dr
Washington

BMC-Remodeling

1440 E.Lincoln
Madison Heights

Bond Bilt Home Improvement Inc

30140 Van Dyke
Warren

Brick Preservation

8724 Essex.
Warren

Brickworks Property Restoration LLC

35122 Cordelia St
Clinton Township

BROADCO Property Restoration

44700 N.Groesbeck Hwy.
Clinton Twp.

BRUCE DONOVAN CONSTRUCTION, INC.

10811 HAMBURG RD
Hamburg

Calandra & Son's Construction Company

38361 Pineridge St.
Harrison Township

Champine Services Inc

49344 Monte Rd
Chesterfield

Choice Home Improvement

6623 Middlebelt Rd
Garden City

Cobalt Construction

PO Box 2213
Dearborn

Complete Service Restoration

3528 Lakewood Dr
Waterford

Constructive Services

985 E. Jefferson Ave., Ste. 300
Detroit

D J & Associates (Restoration Contractors)

56450 Grand River
New Hudson

D L GARDNER CONSTRUCTION

12131 BOSTON POST ST
Livonia

DBC Company, Inc.

46574 ERB DR
Macomb

DEC General Home Improvement

700 Laird St
Lake Orion

Dry-Tec, LLC

2856 Wood Rd
Erie

ECO COATINGS

27274 WEDDEL AVE
Trenton

ELLIS PAINTING & MAINTENANCE

16500 N PARK DR
Southfield

EpoxyPro

51947 Filomena Drive
Shelby Township

Fix My Crawl LLC

28712 Wall st
Wixom

foundation repair systems

16145 Maplewood Ct
Northville

Foundation Systems of Michigan

32985 Schoolcraft Rd
Livonia

french construction

13451 Brainwood Ave
Warren

G. SARGENT INCORPORATED

3362 TRACY
Sterling Heights

Great Lakes Waterproofing

34770 Summers St
Livonia

Grosse Pte.,Waterproofing LLC

2018 Manchester Blvd
Grosse Pointe

HEARNS CONCRETE

PO Box 973226
Ypsilanti

High Point Construction Inc

39162 Wanda Ave
Sterling Heights

HomeSpec Advanced Basement

850 Minion
Ypsilanti

Homestead Construction

4512 Rochester Rd
Royal Oak

JT Waterproofing

Commerce Township

Jusino Concrete

4699 Pardee Ave
Dearborn Heights

L & L Ross Concrete Placement

6064 Dudley St
Taylor

LM Engineering

25315 Dequindre Rd
Madison Heights

Lombardo Restoration

9399 Mitchell St
Hamtramck

M.T. Chargot Building Co

22510 Hoover Rd
Warren

Masi Power

4001 9 Mile Road
Warren

Maxwell Masonry

21793 David

MERRETT DESIGN

590 California
Crystal Lake

Metro Construction & Restoration

19110 Canterbury Dr
Livonia

Michigan Realty Solutions LLC

69246 North Main
Richmond

MZK Home Improvement & Roofing

1874 Canal St
Commerce Township

Now Dry Basement Waterproofing

6544 E. Allen Rd.
Fenton

Pafco Construction Inc.

1555 Chapin Ave.
Birmingham

Park Ave Assoc

41237 Clairpointe
Harrison Township

Patriot Building and Design

31330 Mound
Warren

Perma Dry Basement Waterproofing

23590 Bicking Ct
Farmington

Plumb Pro

14043 Denne St
Livonia

Professional Home Restorations

43862 Freeway Drive Suite J75
Sterling Heights

Ross Homes Inc.

4568 Elizabeth Lake Rd
Waterford

Sharper Homes, Inc

22136 Springbrook Ave
Farmington

Signature Services

17500 Dix
Melvindale

Somerset Painting & Professional Improvements

647 S Spinningwheel Ln
Bloomfield Hills

Son In Law Service

PO Box 87742
Canton

Spectrum Construction

1002 Manderly
Milford

src construction llc

3356 ewald circle
Detroit

Stay Dry Basement Waterproofing Inc

4600 N Grand River Ave
Lansing

StayDry Waterproofing

6490 E 10 Mile Rd
Center Line

THE YELLOW ROSE, builders

5627 Jackson St.
Dearborn Heights

Tim Brown's Excavating

8334 Gray St
Westland

Tomassi Cement Inc

25505 meadowview ln
Livonia

Top Hat Masonry Repair

7244 Ida Terrace
Waterford

Ultimate Contracting Corp.

5216 Pointe Tremble Rd Frnt
Algonac

Versatile Unlimited

Saratoga
Ferndale

Water'b'Gone Basement Waterproofing

28500 Safie Dr
New Baltimore

White Construction

1120 W BALTIMORE ST
Detroit

WILLIAM ELLIS CO

3311 12 MILE RD
Berkley

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