We are buying a house with beautiful brick paths and patios but the grading is negative.

Has anyone had to deal with this.
 
  • May 18 2014 - Burke
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Your home inspector should be able to look at this and see if there is any water damage or something to be concerned about. But yes, it can be a problem if the pitch is enough.
  • June 05 2014
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Is this from soil settling? Was there a pool or something before.
Did the non-professional did it himself?  These are the question one asks.
  • June 03 2014
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Grading has to be done correctly otherwise you can have water issues that can affect the foundation as well as the walls of the home.  One of my clients ignored the home inspection report and never repaired the negative grade and the master bedroom wall inside the house had a lot of water damage.  Get multiple bids and hire the best contractor.
  • June 03 2014
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wetdawgs is right, get multiple bids, being in FFX Co. you'll likely get quotes all over the place.  Its a worthwhile job since negative grading can seriously impact a house overtime or during periods of heavy rain.  If you have a basement that would be another reason to correct the drainage.  

The contractor will likely bring in a heavy machine like a bobcat to regrade the yard after pulling up the existing stone.  The finished product will most likely look the same as it does now, but the drainage will be correct, that's the important part.  Hopefully the home inspector turned you on to this grading issue and you took it into account with the purchase price.

Best of luck!
  • May 20 2014
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Regrading and repairing extensive landscaping and hardscaping can be very expensive.  Make sure you get a quote or two as part of your due diligence.
  • May 18 2014
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