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Drainage Problems In My Back Yard

Just moved into my first home. The home sits at the bottom of two hills and yard is somewhat not level. Which has caused puddling and softening of soil in back yard due to water runoff from neighboring yards. It's a huge mess and with a limited budget. I need some temporary fixes that can by me time!

Katie from Richmond, VA


Drainage Problems In My Back Yard

I'd look to both the previous owner AND any agent who helped them to sell it to you. You should NOT get stuck with this problem that is likely to not be repairable! Your state Attorney General's office can tell you if you have a chance to recoup your money and find a better home withOUT this problem. It's a bigger problem than you know, and the previous folks KNEW it!

It seems to me that they dumped it onto an innocent buyer....and should have had to sign a "Seller's Disclosure Statement" that described the whole of any problems they knew about for your
consideration. If they failed to mention it, you should have a case. See an attorney who will take the case on a "contingency", being paid only if you win the case, but do this only after contacting the Attorney General of your State, usually located at the Sate capitol and perhaps online, with the problem first.

I'd do NOTHING to try to fix the problem until then, just deal with it the best you can and don't make it worse in any way. Take down names, numbers, addresses. Have your title papers/closing papers in your hand when you begin. Send copies if they are needed to present your case.

Take pictures of your lot and home from many angles when the wettest, and have any original pictures of it when dry to show for comparison. Attach any Realtor statements in writing/print, or ads about it from the newspaper if sold "by owner". A photo is worth a thousand words, remember. Good luck and God bless and help you. : ) (01/27/2007)

By Lynda

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