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"After giving us an estimate in
2014 and constantly following up with us they earned our business. They installed 8 piers and 3 beams under" our home and what a difference! Just walking across the floors feels so sturdy. Now that this has been completed we can begin working on our kitchen remodel. Thanks Again!

-Donald R.

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team was great. They were very punctual for the consult. The person who came explained exactly what needed to be done and gave me a" clear cost estimate. They scheduled the work immediately once we decided to go with them. One crack had been "repaired" by the builder but started leaking a couple years later. The
tech chipped off the mess before repairing it correctly. He was at my house by 7:30 am (perfect for me) and out by 8:30 after cleaning up everything. They could probably have talked me into more services since there are some problems in my basement. but they did only what I wanted without any hassle. I would hire again.

-Mary M.

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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.

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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 New York

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I called
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to come check out the foundation of my 100-year-old house. I'd noticed some new cracks in the plaster walls in one area of the house and wanted to make sure nothing serious was happening.
New York Foundation Contractors Provider Name Locked
responded to my call within the day and made an appointment for two days later. I had to change the time the day before and he was easy to reach and accommodated my schedule. He was very professional and seemed quite knowledgeable. He identified the cause of the problem-- poor draining of a gutter downspout resulting in too much moisture in the ground, which caused a small crack in the foundation-- but advised that the crack was not big enough to warrant repairing. He assured me that it was fine to leave as-is and said that if we drain the water further away from the house, it should prevent any worsening of the situation. I was so relieved that we weren't going to need an expensive repair and he didn't even charge me for the visit! If I have any need for foundation work in the future, I will definitely be calling him.
- Justine S.
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contacted me promptly after I left a message on his phone. He gave us a quote and charged exactly that quote - no surprises. He completed the work as soon as his scheduled allowed in a timely manner. The arrangements, the quote, the work, and payment were all accomplished via three phone calls.
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is a trustworthy man. We hired
New York Foundation Contractors Provider Name Locked
to level the same house in 2009. He install several piers and completed the work in short order. He followed up to ensure the quality of his work was intact. We have now used
New York Foundation Contractors Provider Name Locked
twice and we will definitely use him again in the future as needed.
- Jeffrey C.
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misrepresented the work they could do. Took a hefty deposit and
Failed to meet deadlines that were explained up front. Permajack
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not have engineers, we had to hire our own, who did not agree
With permajacks ideas for repairs. These are shady people that
We would not recommend for anything!
- Robert R.
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With all the rain at the beginning of the year my house had really settled,doors and windows sticking really bad, after accurate did the work my house seemed like it was brand new again, If I ever have to do any foundation work on another property, only
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will do the work... Thank You
- myron J.
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WENT VERY WELL. HE CAME AT THE TIME HE SAID HE WOULD TOOK MEASUREMENTS OF THE HOUSE,. HE EXPLAINED WHAT WAS CAUSING MY PROBLEM AND SUGGESTED A SOLUTION.
- BRENDA G.
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They take a lot of care when leveling so as to minimize the damage.
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and
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were very good at communicating throughout the job, which took about a week. I feel their work was of superior quality.
That said, workers are workers and take care to protect anything you do not want dust on or in or have lumber thrown on.
- Timothy K.
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The provider was nice and courteous to talk to but promised to finish landscaping around the pool and did not then stated he would at least load the extra dirt left over if we provided a truck then told us we would have to rent a bobcat and take care of the dirt ourselves cause he didn't have time.He neglected to get a permit for the job which we had take care of.The next problem was the provider stated he would have to charge $1500 to install bonding to pass inspection and $50.00 to wire the pool pump.Very disatisfied overall.If he was losing money on the job as he stated then he should have quoted the price appropriately instead of leaving it unfinished. The yard is still a mess with piles of dirt that we are still trying to deal with Overall he didn not do what he promised when he agreed to take on the job.I will not use or recommend this company ever.
- robert C.
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They work they did was fine. But if you want a warranty from
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, get your plumbing leak-tested (and repaired) BEFORE you fix the foundation. If you live in an old house, it probably has some cast-iron pipes and they probably leak.
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's contract stipulates that you must pass a leak test and have any leaks repaired within 30 days after they finish. That's 30 days to get the system tested, hire a second company to locate the leaks, get bids from plumbers to repair the leaks, pick one to do the work, get the work done and get the system retested. Thirty days. If you dawdle, no warranty. Doesn't apparently matter where in the house the leaks were or how bad they were. They tell you this in a form letter and include a copy of the contract you signed with your signature highlighted in yellow in case you forgot what your signature looks like. This lesson cost me more than $3,000. If you've read this far, you've gotten it for free.
- Clay Z.

Foundation Contractors in New York

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RAQUE Home Improvement & Supply

3937 59th St.
Woodside

RAV Home Improvement

1405 Montauk Hwy
Oakdale

Ray's Services LLC

Staten Island

Raymond Kelly Contracting

3200 William St
Wantagh

RAYNOR PAINTING & CARPENTRY

64 E GATE DR
Huntington

RDC Restoration

57 River Rd.

Reav Construction

113 Passaic St

Refined Remodeling

10 Mountainview Rd

Reliable Contracting Co

198 Union Ave
New Rochelle

Reliant Builders,LLC

116 Cross Hill Road

Rem0del.com

40 gaton st
Staten Island

Remodeling Alliance Inc

49 W Hook Rd
Hopewell Junction

Remodeling For Less Contracting Corp.

1000 Atlantic Ave
Baldwin

Renovex

1112 Quentin Road
Brooklyn

REP Masonry

169 Maple St

Repel Restoration, INC.

246 E 2nd S
Deer Park

RESTORATION SOLUTIONS INC

18 Garfield St Apt 1B
Bay Shore

Reuther Material Company

5303 Tonnelle Avenue

Rgonz's LLC

hoyt street

River Concrete Inc.

7 Basswood Lane
Farmingville

RJB Contracting

1358 Hooper Ave ste. 218

Rock Masonry

25 Memorial Parkway

ROCON CONTRACTING

705 UNION AVE

Rohr Construction Masonry

395 Hill Rd
Middletown

Ron Wotasek

PO Box 411

Rossouw Excavators

374 Sprout Brook Rd
Garrison

S KIMBALL LLC

170 BERKSHIRE RD

S P & C Home Improvement, Inc.

1601 County Road 39
Southampton

S Vicari & Sons General Contractors

317 Lucille Ave
Franklin Square

Safe-T-Check Chimney, Inc.

600 Johnson Ave
Bohemia

Samos Painting Inc.

2344 St Georges Ave

Santucci Bros Contracting

31 Allapartus Cir
Ossining

Sarre Contracting Co

2048 Newbridge Rd
Bellmore

SAS Contracting

45 Whippoorwill Rd

SCHAFER ENGINEERING

1885 STATE ST
Schenectady

Schmidt Brothers Construction

PO Box 598
Sound Beach

Screws and More LLC. SBE.

47 North Lawn Ave
Elmsford

Seamless Remodeling

24 East Ave #252

Selden Concrete Corp.

28 - Pine Street
Selden

Servi-all

4 Merriwood Ct
Huntington

Shah Construction Corp.

40-15 Hampton Street
Elmhurst

SHALLU CONSTRUCTION CORP

11707 95TH AVE
South Richmond Hill

Shane Scoville Painting and Wallpapering

33 Skidmore Road
Pleasant Valley

Shea Contracting

822 Roosevelt St
West Hempstead

Shearblue Enterprises

330 E.26th street NY NY 10010
New York

Shells Only Complete Home Improvements

355 Sunrise Hwy
West Babylon

Sidcom International Inc

4460 Monticello Ave 2
Bronx

SILVER DRIVEWAYS INC

1600 PARKER AVE

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

Smart Move People, LLC

365 Fairview Avenue

SOD Builders Inc

17337 Ventura Blvd

Solid Rock Contracting & Construction LLC

1394 St Johns Place
Brooklyn

Somma Design & Consulting, Inc.

140 Broadway - 46th Floor
New York

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

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

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

T-Buck Construction

685 Route 301
Cold Spring

T.D. and Sons Inc

34 Sunset Hill Rd

Taylor Contractors Inc

17 shinefine Ave

TC Landscaping

213 - Washington Ave
New Rochelle

TD Consultants

295 Vermont Avenue

TEDDER CONSTRUCTION INC,

8 SPRINGHILL DR.

TGE LLC

547 River Road

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

The Winged Brushmen Inc

711 Amsterdam Ave
New York

Thomas GC Group LLC

427 Fort Lee Rd

THOROUGHSPECT, LLC

59 Concord Rd.
Carmel

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

Tool Time Home Improvements

4 Dawnon Ct
Commack

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

Touro Contracting Corp

1541 E 56th St
Brooklyn

TREVO Drywall & Contracting LLC

41-16 35th Avenue
Long Island City

Tri County Development & Construction ,LLC

5 New Strret , P.O.BOX :364
Goshen

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 Elite Group

255 52nd Street
Brooklyn

United Services Associates INC

620 coney Island Avenue
Brooklyn

UNIVERSITY CONTRACTORS

21Y KINGSLEY ST

Valentin Home Improvement

Nassau County
East Meadow

Valley Construction

460 Toleman Rd
Rock Tavern

Value Dry

16 N Center St

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

VLS Builders, Inc.

74 Madison Gardens

VOMM Corp

30 Virginia Dr

VPS Construction

388 w columbus pl

W.L. Construction

P.O. Box 836
Bayport

Waltz Construction

153 Dead Tree Run Road

Ward Home Services

106 Ocean Avenue

Water Restoration New York

1 River Place unit #1708
New York

Weekes Bros

12905 133 Ave
South Ozone Park

Wet Trades Inc

529 Brunswick Pike

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

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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