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Question DetailsAsked on 6/13/2013

How much does leveling a 2,000sqf house on concrete blocks cost?

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You do not say how far out of level it is, whether it is a continuous gentle slope or variable over the length or width of the building, if there is foundation damage, depth of foundation, what damage there is to the house, whether water problems are involved, depth of foundation (i.e. grade, ccrawl space, or basemented), etc.

Your first issue should be to determine WHY is it tilting or getting out of level, THEN look at how to fix it. If it is enough that you are considering dropping thousands of $ into fixing it, I would suggest you consider have a structural engineer specializing in residences look at it (probably about $150-450, depending on whether just a look-see or with a report and written recommendations). He could also work up a repair scheme and estimate if you decide to go ahead with it, and help you with names of contractors who could do the job.

In the simplest case, using progressive shimming of the frame house on top of the foundation (assuming the foundation is OK) probably about $6-10,000. If the foundation requires repairs that can be done in-place, or using jacking to raise the house before levelling, probably $10-25,000. If major foundation replacement is required, I have had jobs like this run $30-80,000, and some where we advised the owner to write it off or live with it, ,particularly since very few foundation problems are covered by homeowners insurance.

If you could give a bit more detail on what the symtoms are and what opinions you have gotten on it so far, perhaps contributors here could give you a better feel for that might be required.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD




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