07:38AM | 08/30/01
Member Since: 08/29/01
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I am thinking of buying a HUD home and the foundation has to be replaced. It is a small 2 bedroom house and I need a rough estimate for the replacement of a foundation. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated!

Jay J

11:52AM | 08/30/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi Charmin,

No one from here can give you even an approximation w/o even looking at the house. I can tell you that it isn't cheap. Elevating a home requires use of professional plumbers, electrcians, and engineers, to name a few.

The home has to be jacked up and then cribbing (or temporary support) needs to be installed. Piping, wiring, duct work, and so on, may need to be cut, turned off, or the like. Most likely, temporary piers will need to be poured to set jacks on. And some excavation will need to be done on the inside as well as on the outside in order to install form (unless pre-cast forms are used.) This may cause 'disruption' to 'things' outside this house, such as patios, garages, and so on. AND, if you live in Earthquake Country, you may have added another 50% to your cost.

Look in the Yellow Pages under CONTRACTORS -GENERAL. Look at the 'Ads' for one that says they do work in Excavation or Foundations. You could also visit a Concrete Supplier to see if someone in the office knows of anyone in those lines of work. Get a FEW references; not just 1 or 2. Then, start doing your homework!

Be SURE you can get a reference or 2 of a former customer (of the Pro) that had a SIMILIAR job done. After the Pro describes what needs to be done in your job, ask for the references that had the same thing done.

Others may have more info to offer so stick around. My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator


10:18PM | 09/26/13
My house foundation needs to be repainted. The house is 25 years old and I'm not sure of what type of paint was used before by the builders, but it is wearing off. I plan on using Behr Basement and Masonry Waterproofer. I would like your opinion on whether or not you think I am doing this correctly. I think all I need to do is sweep the area with a stiff broom to remove dirt. And, I don't think I would need any primer, just 1 or possibly 2 coats of Behr Basement and Masonry Waterproofer. Appreciate your help.
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