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So remember how I said there might be a bake sale on here in the immediate future?


Um. Watch this space, I guess.


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Aug. 22nd, 2011 05:22 pm (UTC)

Any way we can help, you got it.
Aug. 22nd, 2011 06:09 pm (UTC)
I know.
Aug. 22nd, 2011 06:02 pm (UTC)
That does not look so good. You may call upon me for anything I am able to offer that you need.
Aug. 22nd, 2011 06:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you. <3
Aug. 22nd, 2011 06:07 pm (UTC)
What happened?!
Aug. 22nd, 2011 06:13 pm (UTC)
The astonishing power of WATER!

(Well, the contractors removed the siding and stuff but all that rot? Yeah. Builder dude somehow fucked up the seals around the doors and windows and our walls were full of snowmelt and rain. That second to last picture is one corner of the house which, apparently, had it not been seen to over the next 1-2 years, would have caused the entire house to collapse. This mind you is a 9-year-old -- and otherwise well-built! -- house which we bought in 2009. SURREAL.)
Aug. 23rd, 2011 07:26 am (UTC)
That', I thought it was a fire. I'm sorry you're having to deal with that - I'm guessing the builder isn't in business so you have no recourse?

Perhaps a caramel sale...
Aug. 23rd, 2011 11:20 am (UTC)
My parents are telling me we should sue the builder. I don't even know if that's possible as the house was inspected before we closed on it so I think this is pretty much on us, unfortunately.

Am planning a caramel sale as we speak!
Aug. 25th, 2011 02:41 pm (UTC)
I think it would still be wise for you to consult a lawyer. An inspection is not 100% thorough and cannot find all faults, including those of workmanship. (We just bought our first house this year, and I noticed the disclaimers in the inspector's paperwork.) So, there may be room for suing...
Aug. 25th, 2011 02:43 pm (UTC)
We emailed a lawyer we know, so fingers crossed. I still want to beat the shit out of the builder though. :/
Aug. 22nd, 2011 06:22 pm (UTC)
Holy fucking shit. That's horrific, and I'm so sorry you have to deal with this! Let me know if I can do anything at all to help.
Aug. 22nd, 2011 11:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you. <3 I think there's going to be a fundraising post going up tomorrow, bake sale and that. Not that it'll offset much at all of the tens of thousands of dollars this is costing, but every little bit, I guess. *shrug*

Edited at 2011-08-22 11:14 pm (UTC)
Aug. 22nd, 2011 06:31 pm (UTC)
oh my god. is that a black mould infestation? *horrified* my paypal's low, but just tell me where to point it.
Aug. 22nd, 2011 11:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you. <3 I don't think we actually have black mold, just a shitton of rot and opportunistic bugs eating the rotten wood and .. yeah. I think there's going to be a fundraisy post going up tomorrow. Bake sale time!

Edited at 2011-08-22 11:14 pm (UTC)
Aug. 23rd, 2011 01:11 am (UTC)
If it was black mould they probably would have told you to move out, especially with small child, so yeah. Still, that's so not good. :( Pity there's probably no way to make that damned contractor pay.
Aug. 22nd, 2011 06:36 pm (UTC)
Well fuck, that is some vicious water. Let me know if there's anything I can do to help.
Aug. 22nd, 2011 11:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you. <3 I think I'ma put up a fundraisy-type post tomorrow, bake sale + post a story with a tip jar, something along those lines. Not that I imagine it'll help much, but it might help a leetle.

Edited at 2011-08-22 11:14 pm (UTC)
Aug. 22nd, 2011 08:07 pm (UTC)
Oh dear. Adding my voice to the chorus of supporters. If I can provide it, please let me know.
Aug. 22nd, 2011 11:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you. <3 Bake sale post going up tomorrow, methinks. And maybe a story with a tip jar .. I dunno, I sort of have to do something.
Aug. 22nd, 2011 11:49 pm (UTC)
Do we need a Rebuild Coal's House auction comm?
Aug. 22nd, 2011 11:54 pm (UTC)
I .. I dunno. I'm sort of hesitant for some reason, like maybe if we needed it more down the line sometime I don't want to have wasted it now and I'd feel funny about leaning on people for help twice? If that makes sense?
Aug. 23rd, 2011 12:14 am (UTC)
Understandable. If you decide it's the way to go, you know we're all on board.
Aug. 23rd, 2011 12:16 am (UTC)

Am pondering. I might yet cave. (I mean, hell, the estimate to fix this thing goes up a bit more every day the contractors are here finding new Dire Things to repair. Ugh.)
Aug. 22nd, 2011 08:42 pm (UTC)
Yikes. Good luck hon.
Aug. 22nd, 2011 11:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you. <3
Aug. 22nd, 2011 09:06 pm (UTC)
Oh dear. That is no good.
Aug. 22nd, 2011 11:15 pm (UTC)
Agreed! :/
Aug. 23rd, 2011 01:10 pm (UTC)
My gawd, I thought it was a fire as well (and for a moment that you'd done it while trying to bake stuff).

Anything covered by homeowner's insurance?

If the builder is still in business....I would recommend getting in touch with a lawyer to find out if you have any legal recourse against the builder. If you go through the Lawyer Referral Service (NJ listings), you can get the first 1/2 hour at a discounted rate.

That all totally sucks. Is your house still liveable??
Aug. 24th, 2011 05:48 pm (UTC)
I was just going to mention contacting the insurance company, too, as this should definitely be covered under homeowner's insurance. If not, then I'd be getting on a phone to talk to a lawyer about not only going after the builder but also the insurance company.

(Here via a friend of a friend of a friend. What can I say other than we like caramels?)
Aug. 25th, 2011 02:42 pm (UTC)
Our insurance company did send a guy to come look at it and he said no way as it's been an ongoing issue and they would've needed to be contacted when it first started happening. We did email a lawyer we know, though, so we'll see. :/
Aug. 25th, 2011 03:01 pm (UTC)
Argh, how frustrating!

I'd ask your insurance company for a second opinion. You contacted your insurance when you learned about it; it's not like you knowingly let this happen over the years and waited to call them about it.

In cases like this, it doesn't hurt to be the squeaky wheel. Insurance is there for a reason, despite whether the insurance companies like it or not. For instance, some large branches fell on (and through) my roof last year. My insurance company initially was only going to cover a fraction of the cost of repairing the roof, the siding, the drywall, etc. My husband had to talk to quite a few people at our insurance company before they agreed to review the claim. They ended up re-evaluating it in our favor, and we only had to spend about $2,000 out of pocket rather than upwards of $20,000 the initial adjuster would have liked.
Aug. 25th, 2011 03:02 pm (UTC)
That's good to know. I'ma try that, I think. Thanks!
Anita Allen
Aug. 26th, 2011 05:31 pm (UTC)
Home owners insurance
She's right. This was damage NOT discovered during the home inspection AND is the fault of the builders. You contacted them as soon as you discovered it AND they should cover it, If not you might have a legal argument against the home insurance company as well for denial of the claim, get your insurance papers and when you meet w/ the lawyer ( which you WILL do ASAP) have them look it over. This damage should be covered, WHICH BTW falls under ( in most insurance contracts) improper construction and whomever 'signed off' on the work is the 'inspector' who said the seals were correct. That's the tell tale piece of paper. Construction foreman presents it to the person/corporation they are contracted with and point by point its checked and 'signed off ' on. Once that was done ( w/ the last owner) you bought it w/ the implied understanding it met all those qualifications. You are NOT a contractor so its not you this falls on. I have a contractor friend from the Keys, I am gonna shoot him the pix and ask him any other suggestions for you guys to do to handle this.
Aug. 23rd, 2011 04:09 pm (UTC)
Disaster Brownies!
Wood-rot Caramels!
Postapocalyptic Cookies!

I'll be watching.
Aug. 24th, 2011 04:40 am (UTC)
holy fuck, dude.
Aug. 31st, 2011 03:21 am (UTC)
My parents suffered the same thing in a 12-year-old house, supposedly built to the standards of the time and so no help with costs. At least their house is stable now and won't collapse with them in it, but the pictures were as shocking as yours, including rotten load-bearing beams.

Best of luck with all this. I hope your situation is different and there's room for getting some insurance or other assistance with all the costs and hassle.

I'll be thinking of you!
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