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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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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.

crack in concrete driveway
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 Carmichael

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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.
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First of all they did not charge anything to check my home, but I sure felt like a $50 to $70 fee for their inspection woudl be worth it. After the inspection showed no settling of the foundation anywhere, he suggested what to do about cracks in my bricks. He was very efficient with his test and very pleasant to speak to. All went well and I would use them again.
- Bobby L.
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We had 3 estimates from Angies list,
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Drainage (
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)was the only one who listen to our concerns,
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allowed my wife & myself to voice our concerns,the price was much less than the other 2 est.they came out at the time they said they would, & finished when
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said they would. When they left the job everything look great & so far the drainage is working great, would highly recommend
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- steven A.
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Great, they called me, gave me a time that the person would come. Sent an email with
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's information so I could contact him directly if I needed. I texted him the morning of just to confirm and make sure he had my number so could text if he needed to. He confirmed, texted me on the way to let me know. Texted me to let me know he ran into traffic because of rain. Arrived only 10 mins late, took a look and took pictures and notes and put together a quick estimate. Explained everything to me and later followed up with that same estimate in writing via email. He was super nice, super polite and a pleasure to work with. I'm still getting other quotes but even if their prices are a bit lower I'd be inclined to work with them because of his professionalism. I also felt like he was honest. He told me how long they were scheduling out and what to expect. I want it done yesterday and of course that can't happen :)
- Jessi H.
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Perfect.
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and Her crew did an awesome job. Took their time and competed all aspects of the job in a way that demonstrated their professionalism. They went above and beyond what we expected. If you need a house or building leveled you will not go wrong hiring this company.
- Mark M.
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came in April, inspected the interior, exterior and foundation of the house. He educated us what was going on with our foundation and recommended a handyman that could install a dryer vent for us. We hired the handyman and got the dryer vent installed. Then we called
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again in mid August and said we would like to do the repairs and retrofit. They honored the estimate even though it was past 45 days, and scheduled the job for the following week. The job was done in a day in a half.
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kept us informed how the job was going and times that they would arrive and finish. Everything went smoothly.
- DANA W.
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Working with this company was great.
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responded quickly, came out right away to look at what we needed, discussed in detail what he proposed, scheduled work easily, The work appears to be quality. We feel so much better to have the basement cracks taken care of and have the warranty to back it up.
- Cynthia P.

Foundation Contractors in Carmichael, CA

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A Quality Maintenance 2

6932 5th St
Rio Linda

AED Construction

12560 Woods Rd
Wilton

AK Developers Inc.

P.O. Box 215838
Sacramento

Alpha II Omega Construction

10151 Kuhn Ranch Way
Elk Grove

ALS HANDYMAN SERVICES

Citrus Heights

AM Pacific Engineering Inc.

5000 windplay drive
El Dorado Hills

American Geotechnical, Inc.

3100 Fite Circle, Suite 103
Sacramento

Austin Chase Inspector

3319-A julliard Dr.
Sacramento

B Line Construction Inc

430 Lea Way
Sacramento

Bay Area Underpinning Inc

5170 Fulton Dr
Fairfield

Bill Reed Handyman Service

21000 Old River Road
West Sacramento

Bowerbird Remodeling

2418 overhill
Davis

Brasiel's Construction Company

7583 Circuit Dr
Citrus Heights

Britt Barber Construction

5440 Horizon Ct.
Placerville

Butler's Home Repair & Remodeling

8429 Pearl Prvt Way
Citrus Heights

BW Maintenance & Remodeing

PO Box 1455
Yuba City

Cal Price Contractor Inc

1471 Meredith Way
Carmichael

Cal Pro Contracting

2820 Deelane Ct
Shingle Springs

Canterbury Construction

2660 Northview Dr

CARL YOUNG CONSTRUCTION

485 Miles Ct.
Auburn

Charles E. Schoff & Co.

9336 Caltrop Court
Fair Oaks

Chasin Dirt

po box 1215
Davis

CHRISTIAN CONSTRUCTION

8780 Country Vista Ln
Orangevale

Cleanrite-Buildrite

1200 W E Ave
Chico

Colony Construction

7925 Butte Avenue
Sacramento

CONSOL CONSTRUCTION

PO BOX 301 GUINDA
Guinda

CUMMINGS CONCRETE INC

PO BOX 112
Rescue

D & H BRILLIANT LANDSCAPING

9620 Angelina Court
Stockton

dahlquist construction

PO Box 720441
Pinon Hills

David Morris Concrete Construction

1375 El Camino Verde Dr
Lincoln

David W. Hoppe Construction Inc.

4560 Bailey Way
Sacramento

DO Concrete

Roseville

Double O O Construction

1905 C St
Rio Linda

DS Improvements

6800 Sugar Maple Way
Citrus Heights

EagleLIFT

10410 Trademark St
Rancho Cucamonga

Eagleton Construction

4930 Trotter Lane
Shingle Springs

EL DORADO BUILDERS EXCHANGE

3430 ROBIN LN
Shingle Springs

ELLIS CONSTRUCTION

3320 Marlene Dr
Sacramento

FOOTHILL PROPERTY SVC

2950 PAUL BUNYON RD
Placerville

Foundation Repair of CA

1813 Rutan Drive
Livermore

George's Construction

1292 Nicks Lane
Placerville

Glaab Construction

1401 Big Curve Ct
Placerville

Glenn's Home and Commercial Maintenance

2204 Cambridge St.
Fairfield

H F SCHWARTZ BUILDERS

3941 PARK DR
El Dorado Hills

HANDYMAN HOTLINE Inc.

1035 William Ave
South Lake Tahoe

IPA Construction

2006 Cobble Creek Cr.
Rocklin

J&A Pino Construction

424 42nd st
Sacramento

James Louis Concrete

P.O. BOX 345
Wilton

JB Construction

3295 Shelby Place
Fairfield

JLC General Construction Inc

308 El Dorado
Roseville

John Ellis Construction

8100 Mulrany Way
Antelope

K & D CONSTRUCTION

13888 STRUBELS LN
Grass Valley

KARL'S HANDY HOME REPAIR SVC

9541 Niemann Avenue
Elk Grove

KHR Construction

9541 Nieman Ave
Elk Grove

Kingkong Construction

2225 62nd Ave
Sacramento

Liberty Construction

3848 Sherbrook Dr.
Santa Rosa

Lincoln Hills Construction

2375 culpepper lane
Lincoln

Lingley Enterprises

4218 Technology Drive
Modesto

Lofton Construction

11359 Sunrise Gold Circle

Lozano Construction

4229 Lozano Lane
Vacaville

Mac's Remodeling

PO Box 1852
Rocklin

MackConstruction

4801 Marconi Ave
Carmichael

Martinez Construction

4140 Diego Way
Rocklin

Maximus Development Inc

3355 Myrtle Ave
North Highlands

MAZZA HOMES

6309 ELKHORN MANOR DR
Rio Linda

Miner's Inc

1640 Middle Mountain ct
Cool

Monster Contractor

4763 Ravenstone Wy
Sacramento

MVV Homes, Inc

10183 Croydon wy, Ste D
Sacramento

Nationwide Secure

5321 Swindon Rd
Rocklin

Nick Lambdin Masonry

5140 Janell way
Carmichael

North Cal Builders Inc

9918 Kent St
Elk Grove

O'DOHERTY CONSTRUCTION

7085 Gallagher Rd.
Pilot Hill

O'Toole GBC

1224 V street

Oak Creek Construction

PO Box 1633
Shingle Springs

Paul Kearney Inc

10512 Fair Oaks Blvd. Suite 3
Fair Oaks

PEARSON CONCRETE INC

712 CHURCH ST
Roseville

Performance Restoration Inc.

2351 Sunset Blvd
Rocklin

Petty Construction

PO Box 6517
Auburn

POPE COMPANY

8940 La Serena Dr
Fair Oaks

Powers Interior Contracting

4781 Oakhollow Dr
Sacramento

Progressive Construction and Plumbing

6434 Fair Oaks Blvd
Carmichael

Progressive Construction and Puimbing

6434 Fair Oaks Blvd
Carmichael

Progressive Construction and Puimbing

6434 Fair Oaks Blvd
Carmichael

Progressive Construction and Puimbing

6434 Fair Oaks Blvd
Carmichael

Purdy Construction

2342 33rd St
Sacramento

R&R Construction

415 Kier Ct
Lincoln

RCS Builders

1182 Galston Dr
Folsom

RDH Construction

6144 Gold Hill Rd
Placerville

Rosten Remodeling Inc

1619 E St Suite B
Sacramento

SHEcan2

2646 Waterton Wy
Sacramento

Sierra Property Services

1015 Riley St, #311
Folsom

Sindelar Const

4248 Barton Rd
Loomis

Skillz Construction

7087 Shady Lane
Placerville

Sticks & Stones Construction

3304 Cambridge Rd
Shingle Springs

Styc Construction

PO Box 1022
Davis

SULLIVAN SECURITY COMMUNICATIO

4830 SORENTO RD
Sacramento

Summit Construction & Remodeling

7513 Rosewood Dr
Stockton

Sure Safe EFS

1440 Grand Ave Ste B
San Marcos

Szilagyi Construction & Landscape Co.

8345 Elegans Court
Antelope

TD Construction

210 S. Jackson St.
Dixon

The Mold Solutions Group

2800 Winningham Rd.

TM General Construction Inc.

4708 Roseville Road #105
North Highlands

Valley West Construction

3503 Freeport Blvd
Sacramento

VENCO CONSTRUCTION

8250 Calvine Rd
Sacramento

Walker Handyman Services

330 terken pl
Auburn

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