I have no experience with issues like what you have described, but it
seems worthy of consulting an attorney (assuming you have a good one :o)
because: There may have been defects not disclosed by purchaser,
damage done by contractor, or issues covered by warranty. Bring photos
:o) Good luck, and let us know how it goes.
I would call the contractor to inquire about the cracks in the walls.
And for what it's worth, if's really no big deal to fix them. You just
dig them out, fill in, prime and paint. I'd be painting the whole wall
to make it look right though.
Thanks, I wil do that. I think the damage may be worse than I thought
those because one of the cracks is on both sides of the wall and also
splits on the doorway. I could almost take a piece of dental floss and
slip it in between the two sides of plaster now. I am having an
engineer come examine it but from the naked eye it looks like the
sellers had a problem in the past and removed a chunk of plaster the
size of a big screen tv and painted over it and now that chunk is going
to "fall out." Very annoying but I still love the house. Just
irritated this happened so soon after moving in!
Hmmm, you may (or may not) have a disclosure issue. After you work with the
engineer (and depending on what the engineer says about the structural issues
and probably history) you might conside pursuing this with an attorney.
In your original post, you mentioned this was done to stop movement. When
the contractor was finished had he re-levelled the house where it was not
level before? This will cause cracks, but if the house is now level, these
can be filled and repaired and "should" not re-appear if the foundation is
I am not sure if the house is now level. Since I am on a hill (but not
a steep hill --more like the bottom of a hill with a gradual slope) and
my house is 50 years old, the house has shifted by 3 inches and the
"piers" had shifted. The job was to make the piers straight again and
since they help support the house, i guess that was supposed to help
the house from shifting -although realistically the house will always
move a little due to gravity. But your comment does give me hope. I
will have another contractor come assess the situation.
Hi there. I just did some renovations as well and there was a lot of
settling. Some of it in the structure but also a lot of cracks
appeared in the bathroom where there was a lot of new grouting. I
contacted my contractor immediately and he was not concerned a bit. He
said that was to be expected, fixed it, and said he'll likely have to
come back again. I do think you should take pictures asap though just
in case there is a problem again in the future. Good luck!
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