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"It went great I was very satisfied with
service we feel a hole lot more at ease with his evaluation and the price was great . The lady in" the office answered as many questions as she could . The whole experience was great, after our experience with a different company before them Granite really put us at ease. I would recommend them to anyone.

-Stacie C.

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came over and evaluated" the situation. He took some measurements with a floor laser in the kitchen. The floor was definitely not level. He then ventured into the crawl space to further a**** the foundation problem. It was determined that when the house was built some 55 years ago, the builder just didn't put enough support under the floor.
sent over a detailed proposal to correct the problem. After accepting the quote,
performed the work on the foundation. He jacked up the floor and installed sister joists and support posts to shore up the foundation. The floor is now in great shape and level for the first time in a long while! The folks at
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-Greg H.

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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.

 

Don

Foundation Repair reviews in Saratoga Springs

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This company recommended inside and outside work where the other two companies only recommended inside job. For what they were going to do inside and outside, the price probably was not too out of reason. Most companies offer free estimates where this company charged. Only time will tell if we made the right decision.
- Joy S.
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Contacted me in a timely manner. Kept all appointments. Work was completed without flaw and on the scheduled time and date. he was completely professional.
- Sherry B.
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Called ahead of time to see if OK to start 1 day early. Crew showed up on time and worked almost completely thru w/o breaks.
- Brad B.
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It started out well. Very professional up front with their business office staff. I made the initial appointment several weeks in advance. They sent an email confirmation and called 30 minutes ahead of time to let me know they were on their way.
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introduced themselves, measured, and offered to talk to my engineer. They did not leave me with a bid. The engineer had suggested I have a 10' hole dug to check for water.
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called me with a $2000.00 bid for this work but offered to apply it to any piering work they did. $2000.00 was way overpriced. I received another bid for $500.00. At their initial visit,
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had suggested I work with
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in the future. I contacted
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and left him a voice mail message to call my mobile phone. Instead, he called my home phone. This meant we had to play phone tag. I called him back and asked him for a bid on my house on a specific day, several weeks out. He said he was too busy and would see if
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could meet with me (didn't
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say to work with
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said he would call back in 10 minutes and I never heard from him again. Frustrated, I called
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, and he said I was on his calendar for the next day. I told
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that was news to me as I never heard back from anyone. So I met with
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and he measured, again (they lost the first measurements), and gave me a bid for 6 interior and 18 exterior piers. He also said that the office girls said they called and talked to me when they scheduled the appointment. I was offended as I never spoke with anyone, and isn't the customer always right?
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was pleasant and professional, but I got the impression that there were many more charges to come that he was not identifying. He made several innuendos about this and that. For example, pulling back the carpet and drilling holes in the foundation to see how much space was under there to see if it needed to be filled. In the end, I had too many negative experiences and doubts to spend that kind of money to have work done on my house so I went with another company.
- Shanna H.
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I called a few weeks ahead of time to schedule an appointment. They called 20 minutes ahead to let me know they were on their way. Showed up, no intro, no handshake, no fluff. All business, not salesy.
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White measured my house, gave me a drawing with piers, a bid with firm pricing (5% Angies List discount!) and educated me on piers and the process. I was impressed by
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's knowledge and the fact that he educated me and didn't just "sell" me.
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is one of only two companies that followed up with me. Several weeks later, after meeting with a total of three companies, I called
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and he came back out to answer questions and look at the possibility of more work.
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exhibited the same integrity and knowledge he impressed me with at our first visit. He suggested I didn't need the additional work that was suggested by the other two companies and said we should take a wait-and-see-approach after the 15 recommended piers were installed. His contract was straight forward and I signed that day. Within a week the work was being performed. Four guys and a foreman began hand digging the piering holes in 18 degree weather. They were diligent and it was obvious they knew what they were doing. The only day the did not come, at my recommendation, was the day temperatures were below zero and warnings were issued. We lost less landscaping than originally predicted. The workmen worked hard and expeditiously. They completed the work in 4 days, including 2 piers from the inside of my house. This work could have been a nightmare but, honestly, I have experienced more stress with having a bathroom painted than I did with having my house piered. The condition they left things in was almost as good as it was before the work was done. I would HIGHLY recommend
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- Shanna H.
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I contacted
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and set up an appointment for
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21 with several weeks advance notice. They were a no-show. I contacted them again and was told they forgot to put me on the schedule. Bill
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came out 2 days later and measured my house, using the engineer's drawing that I provided him with. He told me I needed to pier my whole house, including inside walls, and may need some mud jacking. I asked him why. He said my footings were bad. I asked him what that meant and, after I pushed him for an answer, finally said they were cracked. There is no way for him to know this and I doubt it is true. Two other bids and two engineer reports don't support this and they don't support piering my whole house. He never followed up with me. I didn't care for his demeanor, did not feel he was being honest with me, and I expect a lot more from someone who wants me to spend $39,500.00 with them.
- Shanna H.
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Excellent.
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is very professional and communicates well. He and his crew were organized, performed the work in a timely manner, and cleaned up well. The work was extensive and complex; I am not an expert in this line of work, but it appears to have been carefully prepared and executed. I would highly recommend this company
- Julia M.
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The support for the structure, which had started to deform and separate from the house proper, was solidly re-anchored and appears absolutely stable. The work was done over two years ago, so the success of the project is clear.
- JEFFREY M.

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518 Remodel

411 Rte 146
Altamont

AAZ REMODELING

4 Elmhurst Avenue
Albany

ABConstructionIICorp

36 Anthony Ln.
Albany

ADIRONDACK BASEMENT SYSTEMS

4 JONES RD
Clifton Park

Albany Home Repairs

PO Box 301
Glenmont

All Points Construction

PO Box 237
Greenville

Altamura and Associates, LLC

PO Box 2195
Ballston Spa

Altomer Excavation

70 Day Rd
Stuyvesant

Amore Builder's

p.o. box 1752
Latham

AW Construction

9 Chipmunk Chase
Saratoga Springs

Basement Waterproofing Inc

6484 Martin St
Rome

Bennett Contracting Inc

693 S Pearl St
Albany

BK Masonry

8 Emmett Dr
Nasayuna

Brazill Contracting

39 Shannon Ave
Cohoes

Bricks, Blocks and More

PO Box 68
Stillwater

Capital District Construction

22 Pinewood Rd
Guilderland

CLD Custom Carpentry

169 stone mill rd
Hudson

Couture Contracting & Modular Homes

383 Stuffle Street
Cropseyville

CREATIVE STONE WORK BY STONE WALL MASONRY INC

882 OBrien Avenue
Schenectady

D HERBINGER CONSTRUCTION

9 Blossom Hill Court
Rexford

Davco Construction LLC

2107 4th Ave
Watervliet

DL Industries

1010 Washington Avenue
Rensselaer

Donald Fedorowicz Excavating Inc

39 Autumn Way
East Greenbush

dynamic construction

1026 Trinity Ave
Schenectady

Efficient Heating Services

37 Bloomingdales Ave
Gloversville

Empire State Plumbing, Inc

260 Osborne Rd
Albany

Fazio Waterproofing & Enterprises

1034 Helen Street
Schenectady

G. Richardson and Sons Contracting

31 South Main St
Voorheesville

Garone's Concrete Pumping, LLC

205 Park Avenue
Mechanicville

Get it Done Contracting

2nd street
Albany

Grandview Properties

23 N Grandview Terrace
Voorheesville

Greenwood Contracting, Inc.

18 Lincoln Ave.
Watervliet

Hayner Masonry

22b Adirondack circle
Gansevoort

HD Concrete

853 Rock City Rd
Ballston Spa

Helderberg Concrete

2017 berne-altamont rd.
Altamont

herzog construction

25 crawford rd

Home Helpers Co-Op

111 Columbia Tp
Rensselar

HouseSmart Home and Office Improvement

221 Northline Road
Ballston Spa

James & Doraine Bushnell

43 Martins Hill
Ravena

JBC

289 South Rd
Averill Park

JC MCCASHION CONSTRUCTION INC.

84 Frederick Avenue
Albany

JDC Contracting

52 Phillips St
Amsterdam

Jellco Construction INC

PO Box 4550
Saratoga Springs

JT Concrete

2151 Rowley Rd
Ballston Spa

Kenny's Homework

239 Antone Rd
Corinth

Kinetic Basement Solutions Inc

PO Box 765
Clifton Park

Knights Construction

181 Clay Hill Rd
Fort Ann

KRUEGLER CONTRACTORS

PO BOX 774
Latham

Lamountain Contracting

843 7th ave
Troy

LAWLOR CONSTRUCTION LLC

467 KNICKERBOCKER RD
Schodack Landing

Level Best LLC

207 Riverview Rd
Rexford

LMN Construction

18 Ethel Dr
Albany

McBain Carpentry Services

2519 2nd Ave
Watervliet

MDG Construction

97 Orchard Hill Road
Slingerlands

Mike Byer Construction

PO Box 427
Watervliet

Mike Darling Construction

220 Oakwood Ave
Troy

Mountain Timber Company, Inc.

1029 Carter Bridge Rd
Greenville

MULHOLLAND ENTERPRISES LLC

2084 ROUTE 9N
Greenfield Center

New England Structural

3201 Ellsworth Blvd
Ballston Spa

Non-Typical Home Improvements

PO Box 671
Caroga Lake

Old Saratoga Restorations, Inc.

77 Van Dam St
Saratoga Springs

pierre baldwin contractor

30 south rd.
Gansevoort

Randio Builders Inc.

PO Box 386
New Baltimore

RINSLER MASONRY

PO BOX 554
Slingerlands

RL Home Improvements

8 Columbine Ave
South Glens Falls

Ron's PropertyMaintenance Inc

12 Kenlyn Drive
Albany

ROTTERDAM SEPTIC SYSTEMS INC

22 Iroquois St
Rotterdam Junction

S.Y.N.N. Enterprise

3 Elm St
Nassau

Stephen Colfels

PO Box 301
Glenmont

Stone Tech of Albany

429 Whitehall Rd
Albany

Style Painting and Tile Construction Company

354 Burtonville Rd
Fultonville

Superior Masonry Solutions

114 Fordham Road
Valatie

Sure Safe EFS

1440 Grand Ave Ste B

T & T Construction

1358 Van Antwerp Road
Niskayuna

The Dry Guys

15 Timberland DR
Loudonville

TOADFLAX NURSERY LLC

1604 SARATOGA RD
South Glens Falls

Turning Point Contractors

Saratoga Springs

Two Brothers, LLC

81 pierre ave

United Services General Contracting

34 Red Coach Trail
Ballston Spa

Upstate Property Service

430 Clarendon Street
Schenectady

VINNICK CONSTUCTION CO INC

4232 River Rd
Latham

WDI Inc

5308 Cauterskill Rd
Catskill

Woodford Bros Inc

6500 State Rte 80
Apulia Station

Z-Ipek & Sons Inc

324 Torquay Blvd
Albany

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