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Question DetailsAsked on 12/5/2017

How to find which foundation company previously work at my home?

Having foundation issues now, I know that previous owner had foundation repair, but can't find warranty docs. I would like to contact them to see if I can get it repair at discount rate.

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Yeah - unfortunately engineers and architect have the same problem, trying to find prior plans for buildings. Things yu can do to try to trace this vendor down:

0) check building permits on file for that address with the city or county building department - if a permit was pulled for the job by the contractor, will have his name on it. Also - if you ask (and show you are the owner of record on the property) they should show you any file they have on the permit - inspector's reports or such may show the name of the engineer or contractor who worked the job

1) if a smallish town, send out blanket eMails to all the foundation repair contractors that pop up on Angies List or Google, giving the priuor owner name and address (and of course your contact info) and asking if they did the job. (Be aware you may get some false "yes's" from ones trying to get a foot in the doodr, also the real one may not respond because they suspect this relates to a warranty or product suitability claim that will cost them.

2) ditto for architecture and civil engineering firms in town who may have designed the repair, if it was properly engineered before the work was done (unfortunately, an awful lot of foundation repair and general contractors just go ahead and wing it without the legally required engineering plans).

3) contact the prior owner - if you can't find them in local directory or by googling, contact their real estte agent for the sale. While he/she should not give ethically you their address or phone number which he/she had for sending post-closing documents to, they may agree to forward on an eMail requesting the info.

4) pretty late to be asking for this, but when a property is sold the owner is supposed to turn over associated paperwork on any warranties on fixed (as opposed to personal property) features on the property or on work done on the property IF that warranty can carry over or be transferred to the buyer (which may or may not be the case here). If the Seller's Realtor will not help yu ofind them, contact your Realtor - he/she may convince the other realtor to make contact on what should have been turned over at closing (but rarely is).

5) ask neighbors if they remember the repair and by any chance remember the name on the compnay truck or backhoe or such

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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