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"I restored a house built in the late 1800's. The house had a dozen different companies working on the house from the ground up. Davenport was the best company" I had the pleasure of working with. From price, speed, to quality of their craft I was so impressed!! Not only that they were fun to work with. I felt like I was a friend and not just another client. I would suggest you chose to work with them too. I'm so happy with the results!!

-Sherilyn S.

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"It went very smoothly. I live out of state and the work was done on a rental property.
was very good at communicating with me. They were" flexible with our availability, on time and cleaned up! Couldn't have been better.

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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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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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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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Foundation Repair reviews in Salt Lake City

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Original bid was $6,400. Paid half in deposit. A month later it magically went to $31,150. It took 2 months and threatening legal action to get our deposit back.
- Justin M.
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I have an older home with a shelf basement that had leaked after a new sprinkler system was installed. Rock came out and determined what needed to be done. They waterproofed the outside of the house by digging down and applying a membrane to the outside. it worked well for one section. They came back and redid the work a couple of weeks later for a another section that still was leaking a small amount of water.They were very professional. They did not charge for coming back again and seemed genuinely concerned about getting the job right. They were professional and cleaned up after themselves. The work was done quickly and at a very fair price. I would recommend them to someone else who needs to water proof their basement. They were knowledgeable and good to work with.
- Catherine N.
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I had several contractors look at this repair (a few days of work), it was too big for handyman types and too small for general contractors. I visited one of the local wholesaler concrete product companies asking if they knew of someone who does this type of work, they suggested
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First all,
Salt Lake City Foundation Contractors Provider Name Locked
showed up for the estimate and later for the repair on the specified day and time (this is not the case for many contractors). He obviously has years of experience and is very knowledgeable. There are several things I like and recommend: 1) first of all he is the guy- he actually does the work. Anyone who has worked with contractors has had the experience of a contractor who gets the details, works up a bid and then the workers show up and details are lost in the communication.
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is the guy who shows up, does the work and on our project made sure both he and me were on the same page - this the best way to avoid problems; 2) he is obviously up to date on current technology (concrete and related products have changed a lot in recent years); 3 there were no add-ons to the bid. Often with contractors there is an oversight or worse a lowball bid to get the work and then they give the homeowner a by-the-way an additional cost; 4)
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is a tell it like it is guy.
My only regret is that
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does not do larger projects like driveways, garage foundations, etc.
- Karla J.
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We called for an estimate and he came promptly and talked over alot of his ideas with us. He told us that he would send us a bid and we never recieved it. We called at least ten times and he never called us back or responded in any way. It left us wondering if he wanted the jpob or was just too busy. It would have been nice for him to have told us either way.. We ended up using alot of his ideas and doing it ourselves for less money...
- Melinda R.

Foundation Contractors in Salt Lake City

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(Charles Mast Stucco & Plastering)

227 N 600 W
Salt Lake City

3rd Generation

3366 HUrstbourne dr
West Jordan

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Sandy84092

Abstract Masonry Restoration

681 S 4050 W
Salt Lake City

ACTION WOLF EXTERIORS

350 DRAPER LN
Provo

ADO Maintenance and Construction LLC

1016 Industrial Park Rd.
Orem

APS Construction LLC

1358 Pinewood Dr.
Salt Lake City

Atlas Piers

626 W 7250 So
Midvale

B.D.V., Inc. Construction

13505 Ensign Point Lane
Draper

BASEco Foundation and Concrete Solutions

369 East 900 South #104
Salt Lake City

Basements & Beyond

4088 w 9470 s
South Jordan

BCS Construction

123 Lakeview
Tooele

Beesley Construction Inc.

1385 E 5360 S
Salt Lake City

Brighton Restoration Inc

1800 N Ridge Rd
Coalville

CHICK CASE REPAIRS UNLIMITED

3985 South 700 West
Salt Lake City

Chuck Williams Construction

6287 W Oak Gate Dr
West Jordan

COATINGS & RESTORATION

PO Box 1120
Draper

Complete Retrofit

PO Box 12818
Ogden

Contractor Resource

3346 N Main
Spanish Fork

CR Finishing Touch

350 west 800 north
Salt Lake City

Davenport Foundation Repair

8509 Welby Farm Rd
West Jordan

Dick Stewart Masonry

36 e. Columbia Ave. #2

Disaster Solutions

PO Box 2364
Saint George

Dr Patch Stucco LLC

PO Box 1823
Draper

FILIMOEATU CONSTRUCTION

4636 WESTPOINT DR
Salt Lake City

G3 Contractors

742 E. 750 N.

GEMINI Concrete Cutting Co.

491 West 1500 South
Payson

JamesPage construction

18wAlfred,Ave.
Kaysville

Jeff Warburton

326 American Ave
Salt Lake City

Jim's Handy Services, Inc.

604 N 1350 W
Provo

KNOWLTON CONSTRUCTION

3689 S 2400 E
Salt Lake City

Mac One Construction

9591 Chavez Drive
South Jordan

Master's Handyman

227 S 1065 W
Orem

Parker Installation Contractor

1860 W 500 N Apt 45
Salt Lake City

Powell's Pro Building and Remodeling

7564 S Michelle Way
Sandy

RLR Construction, LLC

3207 pingree ave.
Ogden

Rose Concrete Additive Co

P.O. Box 1085
Pleasant Grove

Solid Concrete Walls LLC

2006 N Redwood Rd
Salt Lake City

Starr Concrete Inc.

4445 Trinity Ave
West Valley City

Starr Concrete Inc.

4445 Trinity Ave3

SUN VALLEY STUCCO REPAIR

951 Poinsettia Drive
Salt Lake City

Sure Safe EFS

1440 Grand Ave Ste B

T & R Concrete Repair & Design

12677 S Brookline Cv
Herriman

Tuff Overlay Products, LLC

386 Farmside Dr
Saratoga Springs

WATTERSON BROS CONSTRUCTION

9802 OQUIRRH VIEW DR
Eagle Mountain

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