Columbus family hopes to find a solution for eroding yard

Columbus family hopes to find a solution for eroding yard

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - U.S. Army veteran Mauricio Carrizosa and his family moved into their Valley Crest home in Columbus nearly 10 years ago.

It wasn't until last spring during a heavy rainstorm Carrizosa's wife knew something was not right and went outside to investigate.

"She climbed on top of the fence and looked out and close to two meters of my property was washed out by the rain," explains Carrizosa.

Since then, rain has washed out more of the Carrizosas' yard and has affected the property of more than five neighbors.

"It kind of put a lot of people in a bad situation, a dangerous situation especially when you have kids," says Carrizosa.

For months, Carrizosa has been looking for help.

He has written emails and letters to state and local government, insurance companies and the Veterans Administration asking what can be done with no luck.

His says the last case scenario would be to pack his things and leave.

"I really don't want to do that. I want someone to come here and fix the problem because I want to live in this house; this house is everything to me. I love this house, but the safety of my family comes first," explains Carrizosa.

Carrizosa is considering legal action, but is waiting to see if gets a response from his letters.

He admits there was not an inspection done prior to his move in 2005 and wants to make sure future home buyers are aware of potential problems with home ownership.

"You can have the most beautiful house, have all the amenities, but if the thing underneath doesn't hold the property the right way, bad things can happen," says Carrizosa.

If you are in the market to buy a home make sure you are getting the most out of your money.

  • Get an inspection; you'll want a licensed home inspector to go over the home with a magnifying glass inside and out.
  • Get a survey done of your property so you know what exactly you are buying.
  • Also, be prepared for sleeper costs, like property taxes and utility costs so you'll be covered and won't risk losing your home.

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