From the Forum – Digging out Basement Next Door – What do we need to know/do?

by Prince Of Petworth November 12, 2014 at 2:10 pm 25 Comments

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Digging out Basement Next Door – What do we need to know/do?:

“The rowhouse next to us was recently purchased by a group that is renovating and flipping it. Upon closing they immediately got to work, and we could see that they were digging massive amounts of dirt out of the basement. Long story short, they received a stop work order two days after beginning. Fast forward almost a week later, and we received a note in our mailbox that they need to meet with us to sign paperwork for underpinning the basement next door.

We’ve met one of the guys from next door once and found out this is their first home in DC. It appears they’ve mostly done work out in Chantilly, VA. I think it’s fairly safe to assume this is their first ever basement dig out. He also mentioned they’d be done in 2 months, which from what I can tell about both gut renovations and especially full basement dig outs seems extremely ambitious/naive. In addition, their first impressions haven’t been stellar. They don’t have business cards, and they leave sloppy hand written notes in our mailbox. On one, the email address given had the guy’s last name spelled incorrectly. I only figured out it was wrong by cross referencing with the previous note they sent.

We’ll probably be meeting up with them in the next day or two about the paperwork, which we don’t intend to just glance at and sign. We’re doing some research, but does anyone have experience with this and have advice about what we need to know, can ask, should look out for, etc… Understandably, I think, we’re pretty concerned about the lack of experience and knowledge of the people working next door and want to make sure we’re both safe and looking out for signs of problems.”

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