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Old 08-19-2008, 09:06 PM   #1
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Hello everyone,
Last month we found out that we had problems with our crawl space, sill boards and rotted joints. Ok, an inspector told our realtor that we need to have the ground around our house dug out about 3-5 inches, our concrete patio jacked up and then have all the rotted boards replaced and have insulation placed over the new boards. Does anyone have any idea about how much this would run? My realtor has become a little stale and is not helping much at all!
Thank you, Tammy.

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My realtor has become a little stale and is not helping much at all!
I bet! This sounds like several dollars to me. Are you selling, buying or just recently bought this house?

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Old 08-19-2008, 09:51 PM   #3
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We are trying to sell, we only lived in the house for 4 years, and they are trying to say that all that happened in those 4 years. Back whe we bought the house the inspector said there was minor problems, but nothing to be concerned about, wow what a shocker! Now we are kind of screwed, my husband is military and we got transferred and we are making two house payments now, and like I said our realtor is no help.
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There's no way we could ever begin to approximate a price for you over the internet, especially with the amount of detail we have. There are a lot of variables that are specific to your job, and prices vary drastically from area to area. Professionals on this site will not even give ballpark prices in most cases, because it is normally a shot in the dark and really doesn't do you any favors.

I'd suggest getting a few estimates from licensed and insured contractors in your area. They'll need to come out and see the specifics of the job, and will then be able to provide realistic pricing.
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Sorry to hear of the situation. That is certainly frustrating!

A big thanks to your husband and your family for his military service!
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I am also sorry to hear about this. We cannot give you any kind of a number online. It's like asking us to guess your weight, or asking us to give you a physical (medical evaluation) over the internet.
Such a job ;structural decay, repair, and replacement can be a large and expensive project.

It could cost $5K, it could cost $10K, it could eventually cost $30K, dependant on the amount of actual damage that is found during the course of repairs.

Again, I am sorry to hear about the issue. The only way to get an actual cost, is to get some local quotes.
Find 3, or more, reputable contractors with experience in doing such repairs.

Good Luck on this.
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Thank you for your feedback, I understand about not being able to diagnose, it is just so hard for us to do anything being in Florida now and our house is in Illinois. Like I said our realtor is not helping the matter!
Thanks again, Tammy
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Where are you located in Illinois just out of curiosity?

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A couple of thoughts here:

1. Fire your agent. Realtors are a dime a dozen and the last I checked, the market was lousy. He should be busting his butt for you. Has he given you a list of contractors his office recommends? Sent you digital pictures of the problem?

2. Get some contractor recommendations from old neighbors up in IL. Call 5 or 6 and maybe 3 or 4 will actually go and look at the job.

3. Get a detailed description of the problem (pictures) and post here with your questions and what the proposed remedy is (w/cost estimates).

You'll get a lot more constructive opinions once the issue is more clearly laid out.

Good luck and thank you for your service.

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