Need Help with Basement in Ohio - Posted by Tim
Posted by Tim on August 09, 2007 at 06:52:05:
My Inlaws just moved down here to Alabama, they still own a home in Akron, Ohio. The home is listed with a Realtor at $140K, Tuesday they verbally accepted an offer for $133K, with paperwork to follow. Wednesday the home inspecter said there was evidence of settling in the partially finished basement. A structural engineer was called in, who also says there is evidence of settling. Based on this the buyer cancelled the contract. Because I’m an ex-contractor & full time RE investor the Inlaws now want my advice.
The whole time frame kind of smells, but we were faxed a report from the engineer Wednesday evening, so I guess it’s reasonably legit. The Inlaws had some work done in the basement a few years ago, reinforcing one of the walls & getting some waterproofing done. I’m wondering if the evidence of settling is from before the work was done. I will be calling the strcuctural engineer to see what they have to say.
Obviously, with this report on record the home will not sell without repairs or a substantial discount. I need the name of a reputable engineer that can assess the situation, perform the needed repairs & put it all in writing. It’s hard enough dealing with contractors in my own area, so I’m hoping someone from up there can point me in the right direction.
Here’s where I vent, so you can skip this paragraph. If they had followed my advice in the first place this wouldn’t be a long distance deal. The house was in decent shape, but they refused to list it in the spring during peak sales season because “it needed some work”. They spent money “fixing” things that didn’t need to be done, & spent a lot of time cleaning out the attic & basement storage. The net result was, by the time they got all that done they were ready to move. Instead of finding out they had a problem when they were in the area & able to do something about it, they found out about it when they were 800+ miles away.