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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.

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about taking a look at some sagging floors in my home.
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
are very professional and knowledgeable! I would definitely recommend these guys to friend. Thanx!

-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 Petersburg

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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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A Class Above Home Rehab

12521 Serenity Ct
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12937 Carters Garden Dr
Chesterfield

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all american constuction

2231 stratford road
Richmond

All Crawl

15013 Fox Branch Lane
Midlothian

Allen Rasnake General Contractor

1713 Old Hundred Road
Midlothian

ANTIPEST TERMITE & PEST CNTRL

3905 HILLTOP FIELD DR
Chester

Archetype Builders

10908 Courthouse Rd. Suite 102-230
Fredericksburg

AW Masonry & Restoration

101 Wren Rd
Richmond

Bedrock Foundation Systems Inc

128 Dorset Ave.
Virginia Beach

Bell Hauling & Construction

4317 Three Bridge RD
Powhatan

Bigoney Engineering

612 Lafayette Blvd., Suite 200
Fredericksburg

BOSE CONSTRUCTION CO., LLC

10221 Krause Rd
Chesterfield

BRICK & BLOCK TOOL SHOP

9208 Venture Ct
Manassas

Bubbas Handyman Service

3803 Chamberlayne Ave
Richmond

CAVALIER ENTERPRISES

2025 Square Dance Ct
Virginia Beach

Chamberlin-Washington Inc.

6482 Sligo Mill Rd

Cline Construction, Inc.

86 Menefee Ln
Front Royal

Concrete Jack

3402 Acorn St
Williamsburg

Criterium-Hall Engineers

2607 Sutters Mill Terrace
Midlothian

Customer Service Enterprise

6 maid marion circle
Newport News

DANIELS HANDYMAN SERVICE

2412 HAWKESBURY COURT
Henrico

Dry Bones Restorations Inc.

1317 Wembly Road
Henrico

Dzinbild

14980 Davis Rd
Church Road

E Pendleton Construction Inc

2406 Arrowood Rd
Midlothian

Earth and Stone Construction

785 Oak Grove Dr
Mineral

Erik Cook Landscapes

1740 Log Cabin Rd
Beaverdam

H&D Handyman Service's Llc

206 east Whitlock ave

Hall Engineering

8610 Turtle Creek Blvd Apt 211

Handy Girl Home Improvement LLC

8047 Fulmont Dr
King George

Hygrade LLC

4020 Quinton Rd
Quinton

J & D Construction and Maintenance

304 S Brown Street
Blackstone

Jack Bee Fixed Home Improvement LLC

924 Cameron St
Petersburg

James Barton

Boones Mill

Jas Revolutioin

North Chesterfield

Jason The Mason

1507 Edenburry Dr
Henrico

Jernigan Outfiters LLC.

326 Kinngston R d.
Ridgeway

JES Construction

2410 Southland Dr
Chester

JES Foundation Repair

569 Central Dr
Virginia Beach

JOHN M LEW CONTRACTOR

3421 SEVEN OAKS RD
Midlothian

JOHN P BLACK INC

6924 LAKESIDE AVE
Henrico

Lawson Concrete Construction

664 Abbey Village Cir
Midlothian

Masonry Contractors

6412 Binns Ave
Richmond

McLean Home Improvement LLC

PO Box 3042
Sterling

MID ATLANTIC ENTERPRISE, INC

3737 Strawberry Plains Rd
Williamsburg

Mid-Atlantic Waterproofing of VA

8382 Terminal Road
Lorton

Mike Fusco Builder

1201 S Crescent Drive

Miller Tyme Roofing and Construction, LLC.

5509 Pony Farm Drive
Richmond

Moisture and Mold Solutions

10400 Chester Road
Chester

Neighborhood Handyman

2813 Hilliard Road
Henrico

NICHOLS INC

2361-D Greystone Ct
Rockville

NORTON CONTRACTING INC.

5701 Cogbill Road
Richmond

One Son Contracting LLC

7000 Courthouse Rd
Providence Forge

Perry's Construction & Remodeling Inc

P O Box 757, 7719 Brock Road
Spotsylvania

prostamp masonry inc

8509 indian hills ct suite 103

Quality Concrete & Masonry

1705 CHILLY HOLLOW RD
Berryville

RBVA INC

2910 Libby Terrace
Richmond

Reid Constructors LLC

PO Box 5243
Williamsburg

Rhodes construction

8905 lawndale st rich, va 23237
Richmond

Rhodes construction company

1220 Richeson ave
Richmond

Rock River Engineering

55 Butler Rd
Fredericksburg

Seal-Tite Basement Waterproofing Company

355 Olde Route 604
Troutville

Smith's Home Improvement

20217 Landora Bridge Road
Ruther Glen

Spotlight Builders

9200 Belcherwood Rd
Chesterfield

Stable Foundations LLC

12439 Maple St
Ashland

Stefan Home Service

5901 Sheraton Cir.
Fredericksburg

STEFAN HOME SERVICE

5901 SHERATON CIR.
Fredericksburg

Sterling Unlimited

6116 Staples Mill Road
Henrico

Sure Safe EFS

1440 Grand Ave Ste B

T Smith LLC

1076 Oakland Rd
Henrico

Ted's Carpet Cleaning Service

3303 Golden Lane
Richmond

Top of the LIne Masonry, LLC

9291 Laurel Grove Road
Mechanicsville

Traditional Masonry Inc

PO Box 805
Powhatan

Tri-City Restoration

PO BOX 751
Chesterfield

Triangle Sealants Corporation

PO Box 6128
Portsmouth

Virginia Basement

PO Box 244
Ashland

Wells & Daughters Con.

19501 englishwellsway

Yard Solutions

923 Jefferson dr
Palmyra

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