Latest Discussions : Basement & Foundation


04:43AM | 09/21/05
Member Since: 08/13/05
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I've been looking at a house for months. It's a home my great, great grandfather built in the 1800's and used as a hotel.

I knew the house needed new HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and some drywall. I also knew the floors were uneven. I am less than an amateur at construction but I guessed my construction would cost between 65-100K.

I met with two general contractors and both had issues with the foundation. They estimated the house restoration cost reaching $200,000.

They both pointed out problems with the foundation in the front and rear of the house. The front of the house has a beam that needs replaced. The back of the house is where the problem is. There is a few places where the wood siding has popped loose. It is in the same area in the inside where the floor is lumpy and sags. Both said this could cost 10K just to figure out what the problem is. Fixing it would cost a whole lot more.

Does it sound like a structural engineer would be the best option? Is it still going to cost a small fortune? Anyone have any experience or suggestions with this?

Glenn Good

04:20PM | 10/09/05
Member Since: 09/10/03
314 lifetime posts
It sounds like the major cost is going to be in exposing the problem. If the cause is not readily evident or is concealed it must first be uncovered. Check with a few more contractors on a price to open up the area to reveal the foundation and any existing problems. A structural engineer will not be of much help unless he/she can see the problem.


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