My husband and I bought our home four years ago, It was supposed to be our Dream Home. We knew it needed some work: windows, doors, siding, and updates on some things inside the house, but all in all we were very happy with it. Two winters ago a pipe burst in our bedroom wall. After dealing with insurance, we hired a contractor and began doing repairs in the spring. One day our contractor came to us and said, “Hey, did you see these cracks you have in your foundation?”
After doing some investigating, talking with neighbors, and paying several professional licensed engineers to come and investigate, we discovered our home was one of the many affected by the concrete problem. After being denied by our insurance company for this claim, getting involved with a lawyer, and reaching out to every avenue we could think of, we have exhausted all options other than bankruptcy.
My husband and I are regular, middle-class, hard-working people. We were both taught growing up that if you work hard, it would pay off. So this is our payoff for our hard work. We took every cent we had and put it into this home—where we planned to spend the rest of our lives together. Now I dread coming home every day. I hope and wish and pray to see something on the news, hear something from the state, hear something from Department of Consumer Protection, to hear something from anybody and to find some relief, but there’s none in sight.
What do we do now?
– Homeowners, Union