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Posted by: from Fredericton
11/25/2008 at 3:23:07 AM

I'm about at the end of my rope. We just purchased our first home in January, and since then it's been an ongoing nightmare with lawyers, contractors, ect....

as it turns out the previous homeowners hid significant damages and less then 2 weeks after moving in we had a flooded basement...turns out one wall of my house is pushing in...at this point we're tied up in the court/legal system but i'm trying to arrange to have repairs carried out on my home as soon as possible in the spring (as it's a foundation issue it's too late in the year to do it now)

we're looking to redo the entire foundation, and know it's going to cost roughly 25-30 thousand dollars, however, we've got about half of that up front, we're trying to locate a contractor who is willing to work with us, once the work is completed we'll be able to take an equity loan out to finish paying for the job, however, with the state of the foundation now, it's only worth about half of what we owe on it :( it's been a real mess. I live in Fredericton, New Brunswick, if anybody has any thoughts/ideas, or knows somebody who can help can you please let me know. we'd be REALLY grateful :)

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Date/Time11/28/2008 at 2:36:51 PM

Hello Crystal,

Sorry to hear about your problem and I can appreciate what you are going through. If the wall is pushing in it ay be urgent to remove the pressure behind it or to shore it up from the inside. It would be better if you can have the earth removed away from it as this will cause more issues with the oncoming winter and the heavy earth in the spring. I would suggest you pay someone to dig away the earth and maybe you may be able to push it back with jacks and posts. but either way, remove the earth for now.

Hope this helps

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Abba's Service in Huntsville
Date/Time12/2/2008 at 3:41:16 PM

He is right on the money with what he says! But if you have the dirt removed you can probably fix your foundation problem now! I am sorry but I live in Ontario and If it was in Ontario I could have put you on a payment plan or something. Find a contractor that will take the deposit and put the rest on a payment plan.

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Tradesmen in Georgetown
Date/Time1/30/2009 at 12:12:53 AM

Hey Crystal,

These guys have taken the words right out of my own mouth with great advice. I am also here in Ontario but I feel your pain all the way, One question...Why did you not get an inspector come in to thoroughly check this home out before buying? Well good luck with your adventure I wish you all the best. Take care.

Sincerely,

Brad

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416 436 8303

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