Hidden foundation problems can cost a home buyer thousands of dollars. Here are 5 tips for prospective home buyers.
1. Hire a registered professional engineer for a thorough evaluation if the initial home inspection report says “some evidence of foundation movement”.
2. Prior foundation repair is no guarantee that all of the foundation problems have been solved. Sometimes an engineer and foundation repair company are hired to repair a specific portion of the foundation, and to disregard problems in other areas of the house.
3. If you see any signs of foundation problems, hire a professional engineer for a thorough evaluation.
4. Be wary of any professional engineers’ report or inspector’s report that says “some evidence of foundation movement…typical of homes in the area”. Get another thorough engineering evaluation, including foundation elevations. This is known in the industry as a Class B inspection. A Class A foundation inspection report does not have the detail of a Class B report.
5. Foundation problems may cause other problems such as roof leaks and plumbing breaks. Get a professional estimate of the total costs of fixing collateral damage.
For prospective home buyers, Granite Foundation Repair charges a modest inspection fee. Granite provides free foundation evaluations for home owners.
The cost of a foundation inspection is well worth it since it can potentially save you thousands of dollars in the future. If you are looking at a home to purchase, make sure you have the foundation inspected if you see any common signs of foundation problems. Cracks in the brick, cracks near corners of the home, cracks around windows and cracks in concrete around the home are all commons signs of foundation problems.
As a home buyer, it is easy to get caught up in the purchase of a new home, but it is important to make sure you have everything evaluated and inspected so that your new home doesn’t end up costing you more in the future.
At Granite Foundation Repair we provide FREE foundation inspections for homeowners and charge a small fee for foundation inspections on potential purchases.