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"They were nice, prompt, and I felt honest in their views of my home. I liked the owner
and another one of his associates when they came" to my home 2 different times each. I felt like they understood what I wanted and needed. They were helpful with my kitchen cupboard
and free with advice and information. They were supposed to return to give me estimates for several different projects that I had going on that they were giving me bids on. I spoke to
by phone once more after he had missed a deadline for the estimates (on a date that he had set) and he apologized and set a new date. He missed the next deadline too and I called and left 2 more messages to touch base, and the calls were never returned. I hate to give a bad rating to any company and especially when I really liked the gentlemen personally. But, the lack of professionalism and follow through in contacting a client has caused the low grades.

-Desiree S.

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"They are the BEST!!!! Hightly recommend!!!I thought I would be paying $5,000 plus, but he said it was most likely a plumbing issue. He could have easily lied and" taken advantage of me, but he was honest. As he explained all the details of my house, he was very thorogh. Walked me through everything. I would use them again and recommend them to others I know

-Cynthia C.

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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.

The crew pouring the foundation for this member's house drew raves from the county building inspector. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Debra C. of Palm Coast, Fla.)
Foundation Repair, Concrete - Pouring & Repair

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.

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Contractors say homeowners with this trait are the most satisfied with home improvement projects.

Relying solely on measurements to determine the condition of a foundation often leads to risks incurring further damage to a home, says Granott. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Dale W. of Boones Mill, Virginia.)
Foundation Repair

Measuring your foundation for levelness alone is not enough to determine if your foundation needs repair. A foundation expert will evaluate all the factors.

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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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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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Foundation Repair reviews in Petersburg

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wanted to schedule a 2 hour time slot to complete the estimate, which seemed a long time, but we agreed to it. On the day of the inspection they called to say they would be late due to an illness. When they finally showed up we indicated we had to be someplace soon and only had an hour. The salesman was a bit put off, but started looking at the foundation.
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
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doesn't do anything to prevent the water from entering the house, they only handle the water once inside. That's a solution I guess, but not one I was interested in. They install an internal drainage system then pump the water out of the house.
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.
- James S.
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It turned out well and the project is completed. The contractor who came out did a great job! Unfortunately the first person who came out over-measured and caused me to purchase more flooring than I needed. Because it was a special order, I could not return the flooring to the store. Knowing clearer pricing for needed materials up front would be helpful in terms of their quote. The main employee who did all the work did a good job. She was knowledgeable and did the work well.
- Lanre A.
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afe here..These guys are great. Elan and his project manager
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showed up right on time. They are a perfect team and like the professionals that they are, they each know their jobs. Elan is warm, friendly and high energy. You can tell right away that he know his field ,because even though he is talking in a very casual manner, his eyes are everywhere and he is taking mental notes. He was also very good with my dogs.
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is the strong silent type and got right under the house. Then they were talking to each other on walkie talkies and I could see pictures of under the house. I knew before they came that I had foundation issues. The workers came on time and also were very professional..and good with my dogs. There was an surprise cost of $700 at the end.So about the money. I think if you are fair with Elan, he will be fair with you and I will tell him next time I see him to just give me all of the costs up front. This might normally make me hesitate to call again but it won't and here is why. This place where I live is my home. It is where my son relaxes on his weekends. It is where I dance and rest when the chaos of the world s too much and I feel safe here. And I need someone who I trust will take care of my home for me and I trust Elan to do that. He takes pride in his work but he also clearly cares for his customers and he takes the time to know enough about his customers to know what they need from a contractor. I wanted a new door. He could have sold me a new one next year but he told me I didn't need one, that we would work with the one I had. He is a man of integrity so I will use him over and over again with no worries.
- lauren O.
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This company is very professional and very knowledgeable. I have had a lot of work done by them in the past and I would not have chosen another company for this work that I needed to have done in December , so I could sell my house.
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, the owner, took one look at the hole under my home and knew what was needed to save the foundation from cracking in the middle. The foundation was staying level because of previous leveling done by this company, but the dirt shrinking underneath the middle of the house did make the foundation very vulnerable to crack in the center.
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immediately suggested "pumping" and that was done within a week of the discovery of the problem. Then when I was in the process of satisfying a potential buyer about the house, the plumbing problem showed up, so I contacted
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because I trusted them to find some help for me that would not bankrupt me totally. The called some other companies in my area and located some workers who were idle at that time and they hired them to dig a 37 foot tunnel under my foundation so that the plumber could fix what turned out to be two leaks. This job was started right before the New year, but was not finished until January 8th, 2015. It was done well, and then I could I could sell my home with the knowledge that I was selling something with no problems and with a warranty to pass along to the new owner. I have heard from the new owner that the company,
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, has been in touch and has reassured him that if he has a problem they will be there to fix anything under the warranty and provide help with anything that needs repairing or remodeling outside of the warranty . This is an honest company, their prices are fair, in fact many times I thought they were giving me such a good break, they were losing money on the deal. I no longer own the kind of property that would need their kind of service, but I would certainly recommend them to anyone who does need help with foundations, remodeling, plumbing, any work on houses. They are not only honest, they are efficient and knowledgeable.
- Patricia D.
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Went very well. I'm a remote landlord and both my tenant and I were pleased. Job was done quickly and results were great. Gaps in the house closed up, no complaints in the 1.5 years since. Communication was excellent. I asked a neighbor to look in on the work and he was impressed. Only thing that could have been better would be flattening or removal of excess dirt at the end of the job, but the site was cleaned up otherwise. Over time, the soil settles back in around the piers anyway. I got a great price for being a member of Lifestyles Unlimited real estate investors group.
- Timothy L.
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+1 for business integrity here. We called them out when the tile guys noticed a bit of a slope. After an interior inspection and walk-around, he told us that although he'd love to sell us some foundation work, the home really doesn't appear to need any, and that the slope is likely just due to seasonal movement and second-floor settling. "The house looks great for this neighborhood -- I'd leave it the way it is."
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.
- Alex F.
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We paid our $49 Angie's list price to have this company come and give us a structural engineering report on our foundation for the sale of our home. The website says they are licensed structural engineers. They said for the $49 we would get a 15 point inspection report.
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!
- Wes P.
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Concrete driveway leveling and crack repair work was performed to our satisfaction, by a 2 man crew, who arrived promptly at 8 am and completed the repairs in less than 4 hours.
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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Foundation Contractors in Petersburg, VA

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A Class Above Home Rehab

12521 Serenity Ct
Glen Allen

A Notch Above Contracting Services LLC

12937 Carters Garden Dr
Chesterfield

AK Homes

2140 Haleford ct.
Powhatan

AK Utilities

310 Morton St

all american constuction

2231 stratford road
Richmond

All Crawl

15013 Fox Branch Ln
Moseley

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

PO Box 801
Bristow

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

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

James River Concrete Contractors Inc

4108 Bremner Blvd
Richmond

Jas Revolutioin

North Chesterfield

Jason The Mason

1507 Edenburry Dr
Henrico

Jernigan Outfiters LLC.

326 Kingston Rd
Ridgeway

JES Construction

2410 Southland Dr
Chester

JES Foundation Repair

1741 Corporate Landing Parkway
Virginia Beach

JOHN M LEW CONTRACTOR

3421 SEVEN OAKS RD
Midlothian

Knapp Masonry

103 Roberts Rd

Lamar Builders llc

3216 jowin ln
Richmond

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 Rd
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

Rector's Property Maintenance

801 colonial ave
Colonial Beach

Reid Constructors LLC

PO Box 5243
Williamsburg

Rhodes Construction Co

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

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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