San Jose Foundation Repair Specialists

in San Jose, CA

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Weston S.
"The work estimate was beyond our budget by quite a bit. A friend got an estimate from
& their estimate was about the same. We chose someone else with a different strategy & cost.
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JUDY L.
"I was pleased with the detail that went into the inspection, their knowledge of building code, and with the report issued. This was bank-owned home which had no information about wheter" there were any issues with the house. So this detailed inspection, aside from a normal property inspection, gave us greater confidence that nothing major was wrong with the house
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Kyoung Won K.
"According to the home inspector, my house had some drainage and foundation issue. I decided to have new drainage and to re-level the house. So, I called
to" get some quote. He came on time (8:30 AM). Actually I was 10 min late. He was very kind and nice. We looked around the house together and he gave me several professional opinion. I will call him later after I finish landscaping.

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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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I hope I am reading the question correctly.  By added work, I assume you are speaking of change orders or additional work as opposed to the original work he contracted for? I think there are very few occasions that it would be wise to pay a contractor in full up front for work on the main contract that you are hireing him for. BUT, It is quite common that a general contractor will charge for (and should be paid), all change orders 100% upfront, as changes are typically very disruptive to a building process. Charging up front is somewhat to discourage changes as well as to not make the builder deal with chasing after money at least if he has to work quickly to modify his schedule due to the change at hand. It should have been spelled out in his contract with you prior to the start of the job that that was the agreement for how changes would be handled.

 

Some unscrupulous customers can also contract for work that they don't actually have the money for and then it puts the builder at a disadvantage at the end of the project when trying to collect. so basically doing a change is a courtesy so paying changes up front is part of reciprocating and extending courtesy back.

 

Also, check with some of his references and referral customers and find out if they too had the same experience and see if it worked out ok for them. 

Foundation Repair reviews in San Jose

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First, I will say that
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is a very professional outfit with a lot of experience and judgment in my opinion. Everything went very well, and we are happy with the work. My first impression was that they were expensive ( 13K plus permit fees) for a 1400 sq ft house, but I eventually came to realize that they do a quality job which takes a lot longer than you might expect. It ended up to be six whole days, for a three man crew...or 18 person days. They replaced all of the interior piers (close to 50) when a lot of folks would just
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them all. They ensured that the new piers were braced/fastened to the girders, etc. They worked hard, and were always extremely professional. I would highly recommend their services as foundation work is something that you don't to have done by someone who doesn't do a quality job.
- JOHN M.
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, the inspector, was extremely friendly and helpful, describing in detail exactly which tools he was using and how they worked. He took thorough measurements of the level in all areas of the house and examined the foundation in the basement. In the end, he recommended that our foundation was in good shape and that we did not need any construction at the time. Rather, we should focus on backyard drainage to keep the house from shifting so much. He answered as many questions as we could throw at him. The entire experience took about two hours.
Was very happy with the professionalism at
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. Foundation problems are stressful (no pun intended) and they put us at ease. The only minor issue I had was that my first call was not returned, but the second contact on went great.
- Brian A.
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Very well, Jiohn was on time.
Assessed the situation with the sagging floor and cracks then went right to adjusting all of the floor
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in the crawl space.
Reasonable price, friendly and detailed!

- clifford V.
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and his team we’re great.
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offered us several different way’s we could approach our foundation problems. Rather than spending a million dollars up front he gave us what was important that needed or should happen now and things that were still important but that could be done later. We like that. We had the money to do Something! Just not the money to do Everything at once. Rather than the All or nothing approached
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worked with us. We look forward to working with him again in the Spring. His team was on time and quick. They got in and got out. Thanks
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- Sevauna D.
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arrived promptly. He explained the assessment process and performed a thorough evaluation of the current foundation with interior measurements and crawl space evaluation. He explained his findings verbally and with a diagram. His written estimate was received as promised.
I need to make a decision now about the best alternative as proposed.
- patricia C.

All Foundation Repair Specialists in San Jose, CA

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TEEVAN RESTORATION

2247 UNION ST
San Francisco

The Handyman Can of Marin

1709 Center Rd
Novato

Thos Builders

18 Malavear Ct
Pacifica

Times Up Termite Inc

452 Whitney St
San Leandro

TK Landscapes

3875 Park Blvd
Palo Alto

TMS Construction & General Engineering Co.

2585 El Camino Real
Santa Clara

Tom Coll Construction

1422 16th Ave.
San Francisco

Top Design Inc

16134 Hart St
Van Nuys

Tovar Concrete Contractors

1285 Matterhorn Dr

Tree Dimensions Construction

1172 Terra Nova Blvd
Pacifica

Treeium, Inc

5352 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
Valley Village

Trekson Inc.

Pleasanton

Troy Construction

7387 Terrace Drive
El Cerrito

Tycon Builders Inc

San Francisco

Ultimate Concrete

PO Box 177
Turlock

Universal Developing, Inc

871 Industrial Rd, Unit A
San Carlos

Vaggione Properties

12747 Saratoga Glen Ct.
Saratoga

Van Hooser Enterprises

1049A Dell Ave
Campbell

Van Note Construction

PO Box 826
San Miguel

Vandonzel Construction Inc

1170 Clark Street
San Jose

Vantage Construction Inc

PO Box 9580
Santa Rosa

Vargas Construction

664 Red Rome Ln
Brentwood

Vasona Construction

4120 Business Center Dr
Fremont

VIRDI CONSTRUCTION. INC

P.O.Box 953
Fremont

West Construction Co.

PO Box 5561
Oakland

Wickman Development And Construction

319 Rutledge Street
San Francisco

Wilkinson Design & Construction Inc.

46 Greenfield Dr
San Anselmo

Wilkinson Design+Construction Inc.

72 Clayton Street
San Rafael

Winzeler Construction Service

931 Hastings Drive
Concord

WK Construction

San Francisco

Wolff Contracting Inc.

3100 Dutton Ave
Santa Rosa

Y B Construction

1226 Heatherstone Way
Sunnyvale

YAU CONSTRUCTION INC

1531 WENDY DR
Pleasant Hill

Zinc Builders

1325B Evans ave
San Francisco

Zoo Crew Construction

3067 Anderson lane
Oakley

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