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"Overall, I was satisfied with the work this company provided. Their price wasn't the cheapest of all the estimates I collected but the inspector seemed more" seasoned than the others I met with. Also, They were able to offer me no interest financing which made doing this project possible. I wouldn't have been able to afford it otherwise. No issues with water since they installed the drain tile about 4 months ago.

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"The chimney repair went well so I could have my roof replaced. However, the other work did not get done. At one point he said he was two weeks out to start my job" (he must not be able to read a calendar). First he said he was sick then when he came to my home he was on vacation. It was one excuse after another. He said it would be done by the end of summer and end of summer came and went. I decided I was going to go with someone else then he called and said he could start Tuesday. I told him to forget it (later I found out he was still working on another job not sure what he would of done if I said yes to start my job). I did request him to pick up some old brick he left and it took a week for him to come for that considering he stated he would be there within three days. I learned he pushed me back to take another job that brought in a lot more money. His word is garbage. He does good work if you can get him there. But he is very undependable and I have found his word to mean nothing. He said he dropped the ball, and if that was an apology that was a sad apology.

-Nancy S.

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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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It has been awhile (2000) since it was done to my 2 story house but it ran me $17,000 to have the house lifted, dug out, concrete poured and set back down.

 

I did do the electrical and pumbing and added a knee wall so my overall basement was 9' tall. 6' conctete with a 3' knee wall.

 

The original house (950 sq ft x2 for the second story) had a 6' partial basement under the front 1/3 of the house with the rest had a crawlspace under it.

 

Be aware that cracking of existing drywall WILL happen.

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All Foundation Repair Specialists in Harrisburg

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A+ Masonry Restorations LLC

237 E Ross St
Lancaster

Access Basement Systems LLC

10 Marticville Rd.
Lancaster

Advantage in home services LLC

993 Old Carlisle rd
Aspers

Austin's Remodeling

10 Shirley Lane
Lititz

Bahret Church Interiors, Inc.

135 North Fairview Ave
Harrisburg

Baker & Sons Concrete

202 Onley Rd
Dallastown

Basement Boss

22 south front st

Basement Systems USA

2092 E Old Philadelphia Rd

Blue Mountain Builders

541 Brandt Ave
New Cumberland

Bonitz Home Services

34 Northbrook Ln.
Shrewsbury

Bonitz Home Services

34 Northbrook ln

Bonitz Home Services

34 Northbrook ln

Bradley's Property Maintenance, Inc

6844 Wertzville Rd
Enola

Brian Weller Construction

311 Lewisberry Rd
New Cumberland

C.A.R.E Property Services

1235 Abbottstown Pike
Hanover

C.H. GREEN CONSTRUCTION

518 S MAIN ST
Red Lion

Capital Choice Home Repair & Remodel

1550 Williams Grove rd lot #146
Mechanicsburg

Central Penn Waterproofing

43 Beattys Tollgate Rd
Marietta

Comfort Basement

1250 Bethlehem Pike
Hatfield

COMMUNITY HERITAGE PARTNERS

214 W Grant St
Lancaster

Cornerstone Construction, LLC

122 E Queen Street, Suite 1
Chambersburg

Cottrell Basement Waterproofing LLC

1120 S Pleasant Ave
Dallastown

Daflure Heating & Cooling

22 8th Street
New Cumberland

Deitzel Brothers

1325 N West St
Carlisle

Dillon Masonry

2132 Hain Rd
New Freedom

DNM Contracting, INC

7389 Paxton St
Harrisburg

DWH Masonry Services

3271 Trinity Rd
Harrisburg

E.Z. General Construction Inc

111 Water St.
New Holland

Five Star Contracting llc.

3825 Bonnymeade Circle
Harrisburg

G & M Remodeling

204 S Homestead Dr
Landisville

Gary L Templin Jr. Excavating & Trucking, LLC

1829 Mapledale Road
Elizabethtown

Greg Lyons Construction

660 West Penn Grant Road
Willow Street

Griesemer Construction

606 vine st
Middletown

H Malone Home Remodeling

206 N 2nd St
Bainbridge

H2Pro Restorations

243 Mine Bank Rd
Wellsville

Heinly III Masonry LLC

275 Cumberland Parkway
Mechanicsburg

Home Remedies Inc.

428 N. George Street
York

I'm The Guy Construction

PO Box 31
Northumberland

J M Ball Construction Inc.

3101 Regency Dr
Reading

J-ME'S Home Improvements

4021 GRANDVIEW RD
Hanover

J.L. Langkam Construction

5817 North Church Street
Glen Rock

James Robert Development Corp.

930 Red Rose Ct
Lancaster

JES CONTRACTOR

38 FOAL CT
Lancaster

JOHN K GARVEY MASONRY / Restoration

17 Clayton Ave
Lancaster

Kauffman Construction & Home Improvement

138 Hellam St.
Wrightsville

Keystone Foundation Repair Inc

229 Petersburg Rd
Carlisle

Kidd Enterprise

P.O. Box 1259
Carlisle

Koehler Construction

P.O. Box 7987
Lancaster

L&L Services

363 Beagle Road
Lebanon

Lancaster Poured Walls

2542 Horseshoe Rd
Lancaster

linzy painting

116 n roeswod ct
Wernersville

M&M Restoration

Harrisburg

Mabius Masonry

7 Barrick dr
Duncannon

Macnamara Concrete Inc

25 Wagner Dr
Carlisle

Madrigale Masonry LLC

602 El Hatco Drive
Temple

Mark Stone Home Improvement

82 Linda Dr
Mechanicsburg

Matt Clinton Construction

359 S Main St
Dallastown

Maxim Contractors

10387 Jonestown Rd
Annville

MICHAEL HOON

25 KING DR
Carlisle

Moffitt Construction

20 Kralltown Road
Dillsburg

morret construction

2 albert lane

Mr Fix It Network

3000 Greenwood St
Harrisburg

OLDE WORLD MASONRY

166 OLD YORK RD
Dillsburg

Palmyra-Waterproofing

PO Box 233
Palmyra

Pawling Masonry Inc

1299 Kinderhook Rd
Columbia

Quick N Dry LLC

1207 Catasauqua Rd
Whitehall

R.JAY'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS

811 N. DUKE ST.
York

Ram Jack Foundation Solutions

317 earles lane
Broomall

Randy Inch Masonry

16 Coon Creek Rd
Palmyra

Ridge Builders

32 Middle Creek Rd
Lititz

Rineer Contracting

15 Wilson Ave

Robert Tranauskas Independent Contractor

3985 State Route 209
Elizabethville

Rolyn Companies

7 Crozerville Road
Aston

RS Caudill Contracting

1334 york st.
Mechanicsburg

Shawn Kocher General Contractor

1 Lowetown Rd.
Duncannon

Shay’s Home Improvements LLC

1095 york road
Dillsburg

Specialty Masonry

3111 Enola Rd
Carlisle

Stewart Home Improvement

108 F N Reading Rd
Ephrata

Stonestreet Contracting

5518 N Annapolis Dr

Sure Safe EFS

1440 Grand Ave Ste B

tate services

Lancaster

Taylor Contracting

19 Burns RD
Spring Grove

Theodore Z Myers

445 N Walnut St
Dallastown

TRI-BORO CONSTRUCTION SUPPLIES

465 E LOCUST ST
Dallastown

TRUCLEAN

22 Evans Ave
Wyomissing

Tyson's Landscaping & Maintenance

10919 Oak Ridge Ave
Red Lion

Under Construction, LLC

PO Box 1282
York

Under Construction, LLC

PO Box 1282
York

Urech Contracting LLC

27813 Elmdale St

Value Dry

16 N Center St
154 Hansen Access Rd King Of Prussia

Wildasin Construction

5691 Stormy Hill Rd.
Spring Grove

winblood construction

422 7th St # 1
New Cumberland

Worldwide Concrete

8259 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd.

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