Who pays for foundation repair?

Asked by UTHorn, Austin, TX Sun Dec 1, 2013

I live in a condo and pay monthly to a COA. I've been hearing popping noises from different parts of my unit (floors, walls, ceiling) even with the heat off. Sounds like the frame or walls are shifting. Sometimes it's so loud, it wakes me up. I've noticed some vertical cracks in several places where walls meet and above a doorway. Who should I contact to inspect the issue (i.e. foundation expert, structural engineer, framer)? Could there be something wrong with the foundation? If so, who would be responsible for the repairs?

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Felipe Garcia, Agent, Austin Texas, TX
Tue Feb 17, 2015
Foundation problems can become very complex. I would contact the condominium HOA and advise them of the concern. I have worked with several properties that had foundation issues. The foundation is just part of the concern. Finding the underlying cause for the shifting is vital. Some foundation problems are the cause of expansive soils, plumbing leaks and at times poorly drained areas. Foundation problems are manageable and may be resolved, but they may be extremely costly. Unresolved foundation problems cause more damage to the structure over time. It is ideal to repair the foundation early before additional structure or plumbing problems develop.
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Jim Morelli, Agent, Austin, TX
Tue Feb 10, 2015
I would report the issue to the management company for the COA. If there is not a management company then I would go the the condo board. Assuming this is a multiple unit building it would be best to have the entire structure checked out. Fixing only you unit would accomplish nothing. In most condo the the association would cover the cost of the repair.
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Kelsey Compa…, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Mon Feb 9, 2015
In a case like yours I would say that the home owner would be responsible but I am not sure. You might want to get a quote for foundation repairs just so you have an idea. I would recommend talking to the owner about the cost and other results. http://www.reliablebasement.com/services/foundation-crack-re…
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I agree, usually the homeowner has to pay for foundation repairs. I think that you should definitely check your contract first of all though. After that, I would talk to your landlord to see if they will cover the costs to fix it. You're going to want to fix this problem early before further foundation problems arise. http://www.ecosealsolutions.com/
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Issac Harper, Agent, Austin, TX
Fri Dec 6, 2013
It would be a good idea to have a foundation repair company check out the foundation - many companies will do free estimates. If there is a problem, you'd then have documentation of it to take to the COA. You could also talk to your neighbors and rally some more support before you take your findings to the COA.
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I agree it is a good idea to have the foundation looked at by a repair company. Having a foundation that is solid is very important. You will want to be sure that your house has the repairs needed done as soon as you can. Best of luck with your dilemma. http://www.americanmudjackco.com/services.html
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Susie Kay, Agent, Dallas, TX
Wed Dec 4, 2013
I would call your COA as your first stop, and you if you want to be pro-active then you can also call a foundation repair company. They usually will give you a free estimate - just like Chris said below.

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Chris Anders…, Agent, Austin, TX
Mon Dec 2, 2013
It might be a good idea to have a foundation repair company check out the situation - many companies will do free estimates. If that shows a problem, you'd then have documentation of it to take to the COA. You could also talk to your neighbors and rally some more support before you take your findings to the COA.
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Don Groff, Agent, Austin, TX
Mon Dec 2, 2013
I would express your concerns to the COA and ask other owners if they are having similar experiences.

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JOSEPH E JAR…, Agent, Austin, TX
Sun Dec 1, 2013
Contact your COA. And are you a licensed RE Agent?

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Carlos Arana, Agent, Austin, TX
Sun Dec 1, 2013
Hello,

You can put anyone in the contract, either buyer or seller, to pay for foundation repairs. If you want the other party to pay for it, either ask for a repair credit, or include it as a special provision of the contract.

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