Paging Holmes on Homes...
One corner of my living room has an almost floor-to-ceiling crack right where the walls meet. There is clearly a water stain coming halfway down the crack (this is new and what caught my eye today).
There are other, smaller cracks in other places on nearby walls... I am afraid that whole corner of the house is collapsing or that there is a some sort of foundation issue, possibly combined with a roof issue. Home is a basic suburban split-level built in the late 80's.
I have zero experience or confidence in these matters and don't even know what type of company to call to come look at it. I also have a nearly 100% confidence that anyone who comes to give an estimate will immediately see me as an easy mark and I'll end up with a hole in the side of my house and thousands of dollars in debt. I just want Holmes on Homes
to come over and make it right.
I have an Angie's List
membership, so I can at least browse service providers who have had some feedback from customers.
I am at a loss and feel at the mercy of my ignorance. What is the critical issue here? The crack? The water damage? Do I look for plasterers? Remodelers? Drywallers? How can I know if they are ripping me off?