House has shifted due to foundation settlement - Posted by Gerald-DC
Posted by Gerald-DC on October 22, 2003 at 09:37:59:
Guestimates to jack up a house, level the floors and fix and ancillary repairs caused by the house settling.
Saw a house yesterday in a great area and it is listed at a great price relative to the area. However, the property has settled and the floors now have a pronounced slope from the rear of the house to the front of the house.
The problem is readily apparent in the basement where the slope is not only pronounced but you can see the cracks in the wall and some areas of the basement floor look like mini vocanos have emerged.
From the outside front, you can’t really tell that the house has settled except by the garage where the garage door frame has been bent and a retaining wall that is now out of allignment with the wall to the main structure.
The house is otherwise in good shape. It’s a brick Cape Cod about 50 years old. Owner provided a engineer report that stated that property has likely finished settling and that any repairs made to structure would likely remain in tact.
Any comments, concerns and cost estimates are greatly appreciated.