The Sink In This House Worries Owners

An Elkhorn family has a sinking feeling about their $300,000 home because that is what the dream home is doing. Jay Uphoff said, "The northwest side of the house sunk about two inches." That's according to an engineer the homeowners hired.

Jay and wife Jamie count at least 15 cracks that have developed since moving in six years ago. Several doors and windows are off center as result of what the couple believes is a foundation problem.

The Uphoffs haven't been able to reach the builder because Jay Welchert of Timeless Homes filed for bankruptcy in 2006.

Six On Your Side did find the contractor who was surprised by the major structural problems. Though saying he's out of the business, Welchert promised to check out he house and see if the insurance he had at the time will cover repairs.

The Uphoffs have two bids in the neighborhood of $26,000 to bolster the foundation. Drywall, window and door repairs will cost thousands more.

Jamie Uphoff said, "You try to make your house a home and its crumbling around you."

Omaha city Building Inspector Jay Davis reviewed inspection reports and found something disturbing to him. Though footings passed inspection he can't find any record that the entire home was given a final inspection before the family of four moved in.

Davis said the home was built during the height of the city's building boom and sometimes builders neglected to call for a final inspection.

However Builder Welchert said he thought the home had been given a final inspection when competed in 2004.


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