Our foundation was poured by J.J. Mottes in the fall of 1984 and we moved into the house in July 1985. We cannot remember when the first hairline cracks appeared, but we just assumed this was due to “settling,” being completely unaware of how serious it would turn out to be. As time went on, we filled cracks and painted the walls inside and out.
In 2012-2013, we sought help from a basement repair company, who advised us to have power braces installed to the tune of $26,000. We were told that the condition wouldn’t “get any worse,” plus the guarantee would be transferred to anyone buying our house in the future. Of course, this was inaccurate, and they never brought up the possibility of crumbling basement walls. We mistakenly took their word and trusted them.
Not long ago, we were made aware of our dilemma through newspaper articles, TV news, as well as a friend with the same problem. We met with a lawyer, and sent the required forms to the Department of Consumer Protection and State representatives. Core samples were taken but no results as of yet. After consulting with an engineer, it was determined that we’re in the same situation as many other homeowners in this area.
We’ve always taken pride in our home and actually enjoyed working to improve our property. But as we’re often heard to say: “At 80 years old, this is our time to relax.” We planned to sell and relocate to an apartment complex where our lives would be simpler. Our “nest egg” will be greatly diminished since the cost of repairing is substantial, yet it’s impossible to sell without having the work done.
We empathize with everyone in this situation, especially the young families with mortgages, plus additional expenses and responsibilities at this stage of their lives.
This is our story. We’re extremely grateful to all the people for their efforts in trying to help all of us….many, many thanks!
– Homeowner, Ellington