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Recently purchased foundation failing home please help!

Posted by John C. Davis on September 26th, 1999 12:59 AM

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We moved 6 weeks ago from Ohio to Indiana. Looked at literally 100's of houses on the web, made two trips to Fort Wayne to see houses with realtor. Found one, made offer, had an inspection. No major problem with inspection, needed new disposal,and noisy bathroom vent fan. Bought the house. Moved in noticed kitchen floor seems unlevel. Notice repaired cracks around almost all door frames and windows. Less than one month after moving in new cracks start to appear and many old cracks reopen. Have called steel piering firm and structural engineer, both suspect serious movement and failure of crawlspace foundation. Have been told this could cost as much as $20,000.00 to repair. What a nightmare! Shouldn't the inspector have seen old repaired cracks and sloping kitchen floor? Isn't that why we hired them? You know we spent all of 30 minutes in the house on our cross state trip trying to do much research via internet and telephone with realtor. We had to depend on inspector. We are also curious about previous owners cover up of disclosure. They only lived here for a year then were transferred to Illinois. Surely they new the house was "sagging" and probably repaired at least a few cracks. So.... What should we do? Go after everyone involved for repairs? Try to reverse the sale and find another house? If worse comes to worse and there is no justice in the world and we find that everyone has covered themselves completely should we just give in and eat $20k? If anyone has any ideas on how to make this nightmare end we will be forever indebted. Thanks for listening, and thanks Bob for all the years of helpful programs and advice. I am sure you have covered this subject at some point but I must have missed it on PBS and TLC etc.
Sinking in Hoosierland,
John and Eileen Davis

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