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Question DetailsAsked on 5/29/2011

Can someone recommend a good structural engineer in Charlotte?

We moved to the Charlotte area about 3 years ago. Our house was built in 1913. The foundation needed major structural repair due to underground water issues. We had someone do the work, but now, about 2 years later, we are experiencing major problems and fear the company really screwed up. They say what's happening is not their fault and has nothing to do with the job they did. We can't find another engineer willing to comment on the work. (Well, someone supposedly reputable did come out, charged us a lot of money, said it was fine, then offered to re-engineer it for a whole lot more money.) If anyone else been has been in a similar situation or can recommend someone who might be willing to help us save our house, please let me know. Thanks.

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Sympathy for you, but no useful advice. We lived in the Charlotte area for three years before giving up and moving back up north to Ohio again. We could no find anyone to do work for us in any trade who was competent, polite and professional, and I got very tired of being told I was a Yankee. The attitude of the locals to anyone not from that part of the country was in general extremely shocking and upsetting. Good luck to you.

Answered 9 years ago by Commonsense


Thanks for your support. It's bad enough being a Yankee, but being a 'lady Yankee' makes it worse. I'd move back North, too, but there's no way we can sell this house in it's current state.

Answered 9 years ago by Damn Yankee


Oh Lord, I didn't notice before that you're in Gastonia. You poor thing. I honestly do know what you're going through, because of course I endured it myself. We lived in Rock Hill, SC, which we thought was a suburb of Charlotte, but which in reality turned out to be Mayberry RFD on bad drugs. There is a very good reason why real estate is so cheap down there, isn't there.

I do envy you one thing, which is Mary Jo's Cloth Store in the Gastonia Mall. I'm an avid quilter and I have never seen so much fabric in one place. It's a jackpot.

It's just stupid how much hostility there is toward northerners, isn't it? I moved there entirely prepared to take people as I found them, and I've lived in a lot of places. But the natives simply were not willing. They seemed to think they were still fighting the civil war, and apparently no one told them they lost.

Answered 9 years ago by Commonsense


[:'(] I'm sorry you both have had such a bad experience with us natives. I'm a native and welcome additions to our community. I think it enriches the area. So for all of us down here, I apologize. I live actually IN Charlotte and perhaps that would have made a difference. Even I, as a native Charlottean, do not like to venture into the wilds of the rural Carolinas too much. It really is a different ball of wax.

Yankee, I'm sorry you're having such home trouble. I believe we are having foundation issues and our home is only 12 years old. That's what lead me to your posts. Good luck. If you run across a good contractor/engineer, let me know. We are searching now.

Answered 9 years ago by mominred


No offense here, perhaps things are different in Gastonia, but sounds like some major exaggeration going on here in regards to attitudes towards "Yankees" in Charlotte.

I've lived in Charlotte for 10 years, I'm from Wisconsin originally and moved here from NY - 'bout as Yankee as they come. I've never, in 10 years, had one person in Charlotte make a disparaging remark about being a Northerner. Heck, I'm guessing 2/3rds of this city are transplanted Northerners...sure, I've seen some Confederate flags and dealt with people who are less-than-friendly, but I've also dealt with plenty of pleasant, professional and courteous people, as well.

Sorry, didn't mean to derail your thread here, but I find it offensive that people would suggest that residents of this city are all redneck, backwards, lazy and rude -- we are not.

Damn Yankee - I wish you the best of luck with your house issues. I hope you find someone who can help soon!

Answered 9 years ago by lunula

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