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Old 09-19-2019, 10:30 AM
 
Location: NY>FL>VA>NC>IN
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Jack the house up and put a foundation under it.

It should cost about $10 k to $20 K including extending the utilities, but excluding repair of damage inside the house. Cost will depend on the type of foundation used and soil conditions.

Or they could put a basement under it for about 60K. give to take 20.

Alternate - just get out of the house for what you can, absorb the losses and move on.
I told them sell now as market here is very hot and in seller's favor. I sold my last 4 places by owner and would help them do it that way. They're not hep on doing that since the structural guy told them the foundation itself is sound, and that he'd provide report to that effect to show buyers in future. Their intent is to see what house does as weather conditions change, since the engineer told them it shall either "improve or worsen".

#shakingmyhead
#whatonechoosesonedeserves
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Old 09-19-2019, 10:31 AM
 
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As someone who also refused to listen to my parents long ago, with similar results (but a different situation), please try to resist saying “I told you so” to them. They know now they should have. Better to be supportive (emotionally, not financially) in their attempts to resolve the situation.

Let your venting be here on C-D.
Nah dude our fam doesn't roll that way. We're not prone to coddling the foolish. They had access to my fountain of real estate/reno knowledge and chose not to avail themselves of it. If they'd had no one to advise them, then I may feel bad for them.
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Old 09-19-2019, 10:32 AM
 
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It's not that unusual to put piers under an existing foundation. Basically it takes a crew of small yet strong guys who go under the house, dig holes all round, put in the cardboard tubes, pour the piers, and fill it all back up. I had half a dozen of these done a couple years ago. It wasn't all that cheap, but it wasn't all that expensive either. That's what will need to be done in this case, whether sooner or later.
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Old 09-19-2019, 10:43 AM
 
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I had half a dozen of these done a couple years ago. It wasn't all that cheap, but it wasn't all that expensive either. That's what will need to be done in this case, whether sooner or later.

Half a dozen? Were these wood foundation houses like this one?

Ya I feel it'll only worsen, but they're clinging to what the engineer said (which of course I am not one), that foundation is sound, no repairs/fixes needed, and the issues (cracks/spaces/slope) will change for better or worse as weather conditions do.

They said he assured them the structure was not and will not be compromised if they do nothing *shrug*

I couldn't live like that, I'd be listing it with the quickness.
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Old 09-19-2019, 11:27 AM
 
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Half a dozen? Were these wood foundation houses like this one?

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Sorry, I was not clear.


I have ONE house which has a pier and beam foundation with a concrete perimeter beam. I had 6 (approx.) piers put in, underneath the concrete perimeter beam, down to bedrock. I don't remember but I think it was on the order of $5000. To put say 20 or 30 piers under the house being discussed might cost $20k if you had the same guys I did, then. You would have to do some asking around; a big name "foundation repair specialist" with all kinds of advertising and marketing and websites would probably charge a lot more. These guys were a bunch of "no ingles" guys who just knew how to fix foundations, no advertising, no website, no fancy computerized presentation of their bid.
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Old 09-19-2019, 11:30 AM
 
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Sorry, I was not clear.


I have ONE house which has a pier and beam foundation with a concrete perimeter beam. I had 6 (approx.) piers put in, underneath the concrete perimeter beam, down to bedrock. I don't remember but I think it was on the order of $5000. To put say 20 or 30 piers under the house being discussed might cost $20k if you had the same guys I did, then. You would have to do some asking around; a big name "foundation repair specialist" with all kinds of advertising and marketing and websites would probably charge a lot more. These guys were a bunch of "no ingles" guys who just knew how to fix foundations, no advertising, no website, no fancy computerized presentation of their bid.
Gotcha. Thanks
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Old 09-20-2019, 05:57 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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Wood foundation with earth against it sounds totally bizarre and canít imagine the area where building codes allow this. Itís almost an industry standard and common code requirement in many states that any wood has to be a minimum of 12 inches above any soil.

Basically this particular house has a bio-degradable foundation.
Iíve never heard of it either, heck I wouldnít even build a shed like that. Sounds like a termite feast!
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Old 09-20-2019, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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I’ve never heard of it either, heck I wouldn’t even build a shed like that. Sounds like a termite feast!
Railroads do it all the time...

If you dig up many city streets there are still ties from the old streetcar lines buried in there.
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Old 09-20-2019, 11:46 AM
 
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Railroads do it all the time...

If you dig up many city streets there are still ties from the old streetcar lines buried in there.

Probably from the old creosote days that is now considered a carcinogen to humans.
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Old 09-20-2019, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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Probably from the old creosote days that is now considered a carcinogen to humans.


I don't eat railroad ties- so I think I'm good!
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