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Pouring a foundation is the first critical step in building your home, so make sure you know what to look for if you're hiring a custom builder or doing a portion of the work yourself. Here are some foundation basics.
Contractors say homeowners with this trait are the most satisfied with home improvement projects.
Measuring your foundation for levelness alone is not enough to determine if your foundation needs repair. A foundation expert will evaluate all the factors.
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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We have two egress windows into our basement which we knew had been installed incorrectly and were the likely source of the leak. During the inspection we found out that
I've seen enough home improvement shows to know that it is possible to prevent the water from entering the house. We opted for a contractor who stopped the water on the outside. The cost was about the same, but we're happier keeping the water out rather than letting it in then pumping it back out.
Setting up the appointment was very easy, and the response time was quick and professional. The appointment was set less than one week out. He called the day prior to ask if it would be okay to shift our appointment back a couple of hours, and I had no problem with that. When he arrived shortly ahead of schedule, the door was ajar (due to tile workers) and the doorbell wasn't working, so he called my home number from the porch to say that he was here. He removed his boots at the door (possibly noticing that I wasn't wearing shoes in the home). He was courteous, professional, and took time to explain many of the settling and seasonal movement symptoms we were seeing.
We were kind of expecting a big expense on the horizon, but we ended up paying nothing. We think that's pretty cool.
They came out, looked under the house, but sent a quote to do the repairs instead of a report. When we called back to say we needed the actual report to present to the buyer, we were told they are NOT actually licensed engineers, and could not provide this report.
We then had to hire AN ACTUAL structural engineer at an additional cost to give us a report.
Just a horrible case of false advertising!! DO NOT ask these people for a structural engineering report!
The work was expertly done. Almost half of the driveway had settled with resultant cracks and joint movement, caused by water intrusion into the substrate below the slab. The slab has now been raised back up to level by drilling small holes in the slab and filling below with light weight dense foam, pressure injected. Upon completion of the leveling process, all the crack joints were filled with sand cement topped off with a flowable epoxy, thus sealing the joints.
Observing the work as it was done, I was impressed by the skill level shown and, especially, the judgement of how much injection can be done without causing further cracking to occur due to over filling, or uneven filling.
It is important for potential customers to know that this is repair work. The intent is to make the driveway completely functional and safe. The evidence of it being repaired will be obvious but should, when finished properly, be acceptable. The only alternative, complete demolition, sub slab consolidation and new slab construction, would probably cost at least ten times as much and much longer to complete.
The two men worked diligently, showed a high level of competence and were very courteous at all times. We were very impressed and would, following this experience, strongly recommend
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