First of all, houses in Arlington are no more susceptible to foundation problems than houses in other parts of the DFW Metroplex.
Now let’s consider the home inspector’s report. You’ve already spent several hundred dollars for a home inspector’s report, the clock is ticking on your option period, and there is a small red flag. Prudence says.. hire a foundation engineer. But still, you say, it was only three sentences in a thirty page report.
99 out of a hundred home inspectors behave beyond repute. If you got that 1 in a hundred, the bad apple, he may be more concerned with making the realtor happy, than causing your realtor to lose the sale.
In the Dallas Fort Worth area, it is going to cost around $400 for a professional engineer’s evaluation. Perhaps more than the cost of the home inspection.
Don’t be penny wise and pound foolish. Contact a professional foundation engineer and schedule a thorough inspection of that foundation.
You may say.. “what about a free foundation inspection from a foundation repair company”. It is unfortunate, but the foundation evaluator may understate the extent of the problem. He gets nothing unless you buy the house and have the foundation repaired.
At Granite Foundation Repair, we won’t fudge. We call the foundation as it appears. Occasionally that kills the deal. That is why we charge for our evaluation to home buyers.
We always suggest that you get a professional analysis using a registered engineer with demonstrated competency in foundation inspections. Call us and we will put you in contact with an engineer who has no skin in the game.