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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 Contractors in Christmas, FL

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A New Beginning Environmental

1324 Windmill Ridge Loop
Orlando

Advanced Services

102 Timbercove Cir
Longwood

AGA Sons Construction

12636 Maribou Circle
Orlando

AKO Framing & Construction, Inc

468 Waterfall Dr
Spring Hill

American Restoration and Remodeling Inc

4044 Commercial Way
Spring Hill

Americas Guy

16215 State Road 50 Ste 202
Clermont

Baxter Restoration

1106 West Central Blvd
Orlando, Fl 32805

Brentwood Construction and Remodeling

463 Mangrove Ct
Lake Mary

CAM Contracting, LLC

4260 Barnsley Drive
Orlando

Chapmans Property Repairs

8053 ROMERLY CT
Orlando

Cloud 9 Services, Inc.

1201 W JACKSON ST
Orlando

COMRES Property Solutions

PO Box 2353
Minneola

Concrete Craftworks

4750 Britt Rd
Mount Dora

Construction Solutions

1750 Florida Ave
Oviedo

Cornerstone Construction & Company Inc

1746 E Silver Star Rd
Ocoee

Corthell Construction Services, Inc.

1818 Valley Creek Ct
Orlando

Dickson Construction Services

1929 Lime Tree Dr
Edgewater

Disabled Home Services

3936 S. Semoran Blvd #491
Orlando

DL Harkins Construction, LLC

14 South Bumby Avenue
Orlando

DOLEZAR CONSTRUCTION INC

51 REMINGTON RD
Winter Garden

EDS Painting and Tile

2710 Running Springs Loop
Oviedo

ESX Construction LLC

51 Demens
Oakland

Faith Building Enterprises LLC

1015 Cannock Dr
Kissimmee

FLORIDA LAND CLEARING,GRADING,EXCAVATION,SERVICES

535 SOUTH BUENA VISTA DR.
Lake Alfred

Forrester Contracting, Inc.

16050 Sandhill Road
Winter Garden

Foundation Supports

545 First Cape Coral Dr
Winter Garden

Gibson Home Improvement

7225 Windham Harbour Ave
Orlando

Global Construction Enterprises

1128 E Donegan Ave
Kissimmee

Gozmor Construction LLC

8552 Havasu Drive
Orlando

Granger & Associates, Inc.

2173 Hunley Ave
Apopka

Gray Corporation

P.O.Box 470497
Lake Monroe

Gregory Anthony Massing Enterprises II, Inc.

19101 Quarterly Parkway
Orlando

Infinity Construction Group, Inc.

481 E. Highway 50
Clermont

J & E Industries, Inc.

P.O. Box 881
Oakland

J&S FINAL SITE

371 Shawnee Trail
Geneva

John's Landclearing Inc.

23143 Fort Christmas Rd
Christmas

kenneth cayson contracting

5033 Mustang Way
Orlando

KM Diversified Construction Inc

6923 Narcoossee Rd
Orlando

Loraal, Incorporated

4856 Lorraine Way
Orlando

Lord General Contractors Corporation

13799 Park Blvd. North
Seminole

M.E.C. Contracting Services LLC

3080 Woodberry Creek Lane
Kissimmee

Mayer Masonry & Stucco, Inc

1720 Cypress Ave
Orange City

Michael's Construction Corporation

11242 Mirage Ave
Gainesville

mike cernava construction llc

212 Agua Vista St
Debary

MJS Construction Services Inc.

610 Alhambra Ave.Fl.
Altamonte Springs

mullins renovations & additions.

1848 Corbett Rd
Orlando

My Handy Craftsman Inc

1950 Lee Rd.
Winter Park

neslo construction inc.

14781 hartford run dr.
Orlando

Oliver Productions, Inc.

8209 Oak Street
Yalaha

Premier Sinkhole

3035 Anderson Snow Rd
Spring Hill

Pro's Asphalt & Concrete

1158 democracy dr
Haines City

Pulcini Construction, Inc.

6923 Narcoossee Rd.
Orlando

Quality Concrete Services

1205 w 19th court

R J & H Finishing Touches

Dahlia Dr.
Altamonte Springs

Reliable Claims Adjusting

9953 Stockbridge Drive
Tampa

Renovation Experts, Inc.

2750 Lake Howell Lane
Winter Park

Rownkim Construction Inc

6710 Derrick Dr
Orlando

Saya Construction Co, LLC.

P.O. Box 560631
Orlando

Serenity Now, LLC

3430 SR 46
Sanford

Solid Foundations

2704 SW Main Blvd
Lake City

Solid Iron Earthworks LLC

528 Orange Dr.
Altamonte Springs

Spartan Contracting Services, Inc.

354 Blue Heron Dr
Winter Park

Staleys Lawn & Home Service

6425 Sheryl Ann Dr
Orlando

Structure Craft, Inc

224 Colonnade St

Tom Easton Construction

300 Buttonwood Dr
Lake Mary

Wardlow Building Group, Inc

2341 settlers Trail
Saint Cloud

Williams' Construction

4229 Lake Richmond Dr
Orlando

X-treme Building Contractors Inc

PO Box 521832
Longwood

XRC LLC

478 E. Altamonte Drive
Altamonte Springs

ZEE'S Construction Inc.

PO Box 471445
Lake Monroe

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