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"Entire process took over 20 days. Yearly reviews inaccurate. MBroom continue to shift due to half of slab done right. Company informed and reproposed $14000 to fix" their work again. MBroom still shifting (3) other contractors indicate that Mitcho failed to correct matter. BBB has been informed of the breech.

-Lisa Leia G.

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"The actual work turned out good, but they cut the line to my water sprinkler system. They came to try to fix it in January after several calls. They couldn't" fix it themselves so they had to hire a sprinkler professional to fix it.

-Juanita 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 Franklin

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Franklin Foundation Repair Specialists Provider Name Locked
did a great job of explaining options and understanding our time-frame. They fit us in quickly and repair was done with respect for our finished basement. All in all, we are completely satisfied.
- Alexandra N.
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They are outstanding. They are totally professional. They listen and offered suggestions for what would have also made sense (when we did the foundation). They power washed the algae off the foundation after the completed the repairs. They managed to work around the fact that we share a driveway with the house next door. The other company we hired to do our snow plowing was not getting done fast enough so I hired them to help with that as well.
- Deanie L.
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Our home foundation was sagging in one of the corners due to a washed out storm sewer line. The foundation was ncracked in many places and we were concerned that the process would continue until we addressed the cause. The company gave us a reasonable estimate for the extensive work that would be required. They were prompt, courteous, and efficient.
Franklin Foundation Repair Specialists Provider Name Locked
, the owner, is knowledgeable and friendly. We would recommend the company to anyone needing similar work done.
- Thomas M.
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The technician came out and took measurements at various corners of the house (internal). He also inspected the outside. There is some foundational drop, which I already suspected. He advised me to install soaker hoses around the front perimeter of the home to prevent further sinking. Also provided a quote for piers to fix the front end of the home.
- Sonya S.
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Their price was the best of the other estimates we received. The job was completed in about five days and they cleaned up well. They were very professional and knew what they were doing. Everything worked out real well.
- David O.
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This was my first time using the company, and everything went well. They had a competitive price, they did good work, and they didn't leave behind any messes.
- Gaylene G.
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All I did was pay for an “evaluation”—essentially an estimate. The aim was to prevent basement seepage. The plan proposed was to patch possible cracks from the inside, which seems to be less good than from the outside but better than nothing. However, this involved my removing drywall from the basement wall to determine whether there were cracks and then replacing it. Later I found another person who dug from the outside, patched a number of cracks and covered the outside of the basement wall with a protective substance. This is, I have heard, a better technique and it also didn’t involve removing and then replacing drywall from the inside.
- Vincent M.
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I waited three days before I called them. They apologized and said they would send out the estimate the following morning. 4 days later, I called them again and they finally sent it over. Their work may be good but the customer service experience was a turn off
- Susan A.

All Foundation Repair Specialists in Franklin, NY

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Alpine Home Improvement Co

268 Route 6N
Mahopac

B.H. Decker, Inc.

PO Box 161
Delhi

Bap Architectural Svc

2142 Marshland Rd
Apalachin

Basement Systems Of New York

PO Box 524
Bullville

BEST PRICE HOME BUILDERS

133 CLIFF ST
Middleburgh

Christian Brothers Construction

31 Main Street, Suite 5
Oneonta

CLD Custom Carpentry

169 stone mill rd
Hudson

Duncan Enterprises

231 Shady Tree Ln
Cobleskill

Fadale Enterprises, Inc.

422 Central Ave
Dunkirk

Fasso tree service

9802 pt peter rd

Foamco Inc

2901 Rte 17K
Bullville

HD Concrete

853 Rock City Rd
Ballston Spa

High Tech Construction Co

3623 15th ave
Brooklyn

Homestead Improvement

2007 Lake Shore Dr
White Lake

J & S Paving And Sealcoating

4325 main st
Port Henry

J's Construction

PO Box 237
Morris

Jaer Baer Enterprises

359 Michaels Rd

Krupp Contracting

PO Box 221
Livingston Manor

Maddaloni Construction

152 Courthouse Rd
Franklin Square

Matt Culligan Contracting Co

6 Liberty St
Walton

Murphys Masonry

Lake Rd and Emma St.

NE Masonry & Construction

11 Yorkshire Dr
Glens Falls

Pinnacle Contracting Concrete & Masonry Corp

252 Franklin Ave
Franklin Square

PIRONI HOMES

746 HEMPSTEAD TPKE
Franklin Square

RAC Engineering PC

658 Oliver Street
North Tonawanda

ROBERT S MOORE INC

E WORCESTER RD
Richmondville

S Vicari & Sons General Contractors

317 Lucille Ave
Franklin Square

Severance Construction

38 Forest Rd
Massena

SOUTHERN TIER ENTERPRISES LLC

110 Clarence Musson Rd
Gilbertsville

Sullivan Builders Inc.

57 Snow Hill Rd.
Parksville

Sure Safe EFS

1440 Grand Ave Ste B

Woodchips Construction Inc

252 Sinsabaugh Rd
Pine Bush
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