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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.

 

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Foundation Repair reviews in New York

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Called ahead of time to see if OK to start 1 day early. Crew showed up on time and worked almost completely thru w/o breaks.
- Brad B.
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It started out well. Very professional up front with their business office staff. I made the initial appointment several weeks in advance. They sent an email confirmation and called 30 minutes ahead of time to let me know they were on their way.
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introduced themselves, measured, and offered to talk to my engineer. They did not leave me with a bid. The engineer had suggested I have a 10' hole dug to check for water.
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called me with a $2000.00 bid for this work but offered to apply it to any piering work they did. $2000.00 was way overpriced. I received another bid for $500.00. At their initial visit,
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had suggested I work with
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in the future. I contacted
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and left him a voice mail message to call my mobile phone. Instead, he called my home phone. This meant we had to play phone tag. I called him back and asked him for a bid on my house on a specific day, several weeks out. He said he was too busy and would see if
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could meet with me (didn't
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say to work with
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said he would call back in 10 minutes and I never heard from him again. Frustrated, I called
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, and he said I was on his calendar for the next day. I told
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that was news to me as I never heard back from anyone. So I met with
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and he measured, again (they lost the first measurements), and gave me a bid for 6 interior and 18 exterior piers. He also said that the office girls said they called and talked to me when they scheduled the appointment. I was offended as I never spoke with anyone, and isn't the customer always right?
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was pleasant and professional, but I got the impression that there were many more charges to come that he was not identifying. He made several innuendos about this and that. For example, pulling back the carpet and drilling holes in the foundation to see how much space was under there to see if it needed to be filled. In the end, I had too many negative experiences and doubts to spend that kind of money to have work done on my house so I went with another company.
- Shanna H.
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I called a few weeks ahead of time to schedule an appointment. They called 20 minutes ahead to let me know they were on their way. Showed up, no intro, no handshake, no fluff. All business, not salesy.
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White measured my house, gave me a drawing with piers, a bid with firm pricing (5% Angies List discount!) and educated me on piers and the process. I was impressed by
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's knowledge and the fact that he educated me and didn't just "sell" me.
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is one of only two companies that followed up with me. Several weeks later, after meeting with a total of three companies, I called
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and he came back out to answer questions and look at the possibility of more work.
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exhibited the same integrity and knowledge he impressed me with at our first visit. He suggested I didn't need the additional work that was suggested by the other two companies and said we should take a wait-and-see-approach after the 15 recommended piers were installed. His contract was straight forward and I signed that day. Within a week the work was being performed. Four guys and a foreman began hand digging the piering holes in 18 degree weather. They were diligent and it was obvious they knew what they were doing. The only day the did not come, at my recommendation, was the day temperatures were below zero and warnings were issued. We lost less landscaping than originally predicted. The workmen worked hard and expeditiously. They completed the work in 4 days, including 2 piers from the inside of my house. This work could have been a nightmare but, honestly, I have experienced more stress with having a bathroom painted than I did with having my house piered. The condition they left things in was almost as good as it was before the work was done. I would HIGHLY recommend
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- Shanna H.
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21 with several weeks advance notice. They were a no-show. I contacted them again and was told they forgot to put me on the schedule. Bill
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came out 2 days later and measured my house, using the engineer's drawing that I provided him with. He told me I needed to pier my whole house, including inside walls, and may need some mud jacking. I asked him why. He said my footings were bad. I asked him what that meant and, after I pushed him for an answer, finally said they were cracked. There is no way for him to know this and I doubt it is true. Two other bids and two engineer reports don't support this and they don't support piering my whole house. He never followed up with me. I didn't care for his demeanor, did not feel he was being honest with me, and I expect a lot more from someone who wants me to spend $39,500.00 with them.
- Shanna H.
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is very professional and communicates well. He and his crew were organized, performed the work in a timely manner, and cleaned up well. The work was extensive and complex; I am not an expert in this line of work, but it appears to have been carefully prepared and executed. I would highly recommend this company
- Julia M.
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The support for the structure, which had started to deform and separate from the house proper, was solidly re-anchored and appears absolutely stable. The work was done over two years ago, so the success of the project is clear.
- JEFFREY M.
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The job was done and like any company only time will tell how it was done however the issue is that they are very hard to get a hold of and more so the follow up after the job. I have been trying to get replacement soil delivered for weeks and can't even get a reply. Now I have holes around the piers that are exposed and replacement soil is supposed to be part of the service. I'm scared to see how hard it would be to get in touch with them if something went wrong and needed to try and use the warranty. Not a fan of the customer service and follow through.
- Ryan D.
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I was impressed with ARW throughout the entire process of getting our foundation repaired. They actually visited our house twice to ensure they had the correct assessment and recommendations for repairs. (We had three companies come bid on the project but ultimately were the most comfortable with the ARW products and people, which proved to be an excellent decision.) The crew who came to work at our house was all very nice, and their crew leader
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was happy to answer and all questions as they went along. The company owner stayed in touch throughout the process as well. They performed several type of work throughout our crawlspace, and upon completion,
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gave a thorough walkthrough and explanation as to everything they had done. I would definitely recommend them to people looking to have any of this type of service done.
- Brady M.

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1885 STATE ST
Schenectady

Schmidt Brothers Construction

PO Box 598
Sound Beach

Screws and More LLC. SBE.

47 North Lawn Ave
Elmsford

Seamless Remodeling

139 Knickerbocker Ave

Selden Concrete Corp.

28 - Pine Street
Selden

Shah Construction Corp.

40-15 Hampton Street
Elmhurst

SHALLU CONSTRUCTION CORP

11707 95TH AVE
South Richmond Hill

Shane Scoville Painting and Wallpapering

33 Skidmore Rd
Pleasant Valley

Shea Contracting

822 Roosevelt St
West Hempstead

Shearblue Enterprises

330 E.26th street NY NY 10010
New York

Shells Only Of Suffolk Inc

355 Sunrise Highway
West Babylon

Simpson Contracting

812 Palisade Ave

singhcontracting llc

784 North Blvd

SISCO CONSTRUCTION INC

1135 CLIFTON AVE

Sivilli Landscape Contracting Corp.

57 Albertson Ave
Albertson

SKAVE HOMES

4434 bedford ave
Brooklyn

Sky

Shirley

Sky the limit contracting

236 Prospect St
Farmingdale

Skyline Roofing & Construction

451 Victory Blvd
Staten Island

Sloan Contracting

5 Splitpine Circle
Medford

Soundview Construction

107 Beechwood Lane

south bay remodeling

12 biltmore blvd.
Massapequa

Spanish Man Construction

186 N. Coleman Rd.
Centereach

Splinter LLC

135 Rennell Dr

SRC - Semi Retired Contractors

2260 E 28th St
Brooklyn

SRK CONSTRUCTION INC

9411 120TH ST
South Richmond Hill

ST Construction Inc.

18 Wall Street

Stable Homes Contracting Services

164-45 109th Ave
Jamaica

STAIKOS ASSOCIATES ARCHITECTS

59 SHORE DR
New Windsor

Steele Handy Man Service, Inc

999 Hidden Lake Drive

Stone Age Masonry

2215 Ponybrook Way

STONE BRIDGE GENERAL CONTRACTING CORP.

551 WESTCHESTER AVE.
Port Chester

Stone Works

26 Shortwoods Rd

Stonegate Construction Co Inc

P.O. Box 343
Pleasantville

stonehenge contractors

410 Monmouth ave 302

Sundahl Restoration LLC

1 Madison Ave
Larchmont

Sunrise Home Improvment Design Center

20 Main St
Port Washington

Sunset Associates

11 Tanglewood Rd

Superior Handyman Services

149 Flanders Drive

Sure Safe EFS

1440 Grand Ave Ste B

SYNDICATE CONSTRUCTION CO.

7 Paerdegat 14th St
Brooklyn

T Stewart Paving

137 Washington Ave

Tari Restoration Inc

79-53 262nd st
Glen Oaks

Tattersall Construction

911 Gloucester Ave

Taylor Contractors Inc

17 shinefine Ave

TC Landscaping

213 - Washington Ave
New Rochelle

TCBH LLC

56 Beaver Dam Rd

TD Consultants

295 Vermont Avenue

TEDDER CONSTRUCTION INC,

8 SPRINGHILL DR.

TGE LLC

547 River Road

The Closer-R & G Stone

445 Vreeland Ave

The Great Outdoors

12 Indian Rock Pl

The Home Improvement Professionals

85-42 217St
Queens Village

The Mason Corp.

5800 Arlington Ave Apt 12V
Bronx

The Mason Doctor

215 West Shore Dr

The Masters Touch

725 River Road

The Right Contractor, LLC

2 Wind Meadow Trail

The Specialist Home Improvement

14 Mohawk Dr
North Babylon

THREE GUYS MASONRY

23 Buddington Rd

Three Rivers Stonework

26 Jefferson Street

THREE STAR CONSTRUCTION

162 DAHILL RD
Brooklyn

Thurgood Masonry

113 Heller Hill Rd

TLJ Inc

88 Winona Trail Lake Hopatcong

TOM SIMKO DESIGN & RESTORATION INC

201 LIBERTY AVE
Port Jefferson

TOM VALIANTE & SON INC

117 LAKESIDE BLVD

Tomasso Contracting, Inc.

1158 Raritan Road

Top Hammer Construction Corp

78 Cove Rd
South Salem

Top Level Inc

180 Wetherell St

Top To Bottom Home Inspections

PO BOX 300
Glen Spey

Topaz Remodelers Inc

85-44 159th St
Jamaica

Tri-State Contracting of Westchester Inc

55 NorthField Ave
Dobbs Ferry

triola builders llc

27 eileen way

TRIPLEG CONSTRUCTION CORP.

96 Ridge Rd
New City

TROOST BROS. Inc.

470 CLOVE RD
Staten Island

True Color Construction

4057 Us Highway 9

TRUE QUALITY HOME IMPROVEMENTS

4250 Veterans Memorial Highway
Holbrook

Trzaska Construction

99-18 66ave
Rego Park

TSC Contracting

518 Prospect Ave.

Two Brothers, LLC

81 pierre ave

UCPW, LLC.

82 parkway

United Services Associates INC

620 coney Island Avenue
Brooklyn

United Waterproofing Corp

10 North Sussex St.

V & RL's Inc

425 Iron Bridge

Valentin Home Improvement

Nassau County
East Meadow

Valley Construction

460 Toleman Rd
Rock Tavern

Value Dry

154 Hansen Access Rd.

VAN ALPHEN BROS INC

874 RICHMOND RD
Staten Island

VanDuzer Plumbing & Heating Inc

331 Rt. 94 South
Warwick

VANTAGE CONSTRUCTION INC

16 SADDLEMOUNT AVE

VAST CONSTRUCTION

291 VOGEL AVE
Staten Island

VENTURA BUILDERS LLC.

61 HIGH POINT ROAD

Viking Contracting

200 Brewery Road
New City

Vinny's General Contracting, Inc

191 Hewlett Ave
Merrick

VINTON CONSTRUCTION CORP.

220 Brentwood Rd
Bay Shore

W.L. Construction

P.O. Box 836
Bayport

Ward Home Services

106 Ocean Avenue

Water Restoration New York

1 River Place unit #1708
New York

WFC Construction & Management Inc

66 Fulton Street
White Plains

Willis Ave. Construction Corp

460 Kingsland Ave
Brooklyn

Wolfman Contracting

91 N. 14th Street

Woodbridge Builders

624 Michigan Ave.

Woodchips Construction Inc

252 Sinsabaugh Rd
Pine Bush

WOODSIDE & YOUNG INC

9C SQUIRES GATE
Poughkeepsie

Yahoo Construction Corp

570 Ridge Rd
Elmont

YU Handyman Services

335 82nd Street
Brooklyn

Zaim Contractor Corp.

36 John St.
Staten Island

ZANKERA CONSTRUCTION INC

152 10TH AVE
Whitestone

Zion Constructions

Crown Heights
Brooklyn

ZOTT CONSTRUCTION INC

551 Hosner Mountain Rd.
Stormville
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