The Home Buyer's Korner

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July 13th, 2014

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Foundation Inspection

foundationWhen purchasing a home, there are many things to consider. One of those considerations should be the foundation of the home. No matter how perfect a home looks, taking the time to inspect the property and looking for foundation problems can save you thousands of dollars in repairs, or  give you the insight to negotiate a price and how to fix it. Foundation cracks are usually present in older homes but that does not mean that newer and even brand new homes aren’t susceptible. When choosing a property, the following tips can help home buyers find signs of foundation problems and take action if any are found.

One of the easiest ways to check for damaged foundation is to check the concrete of the home. When the foundation is strong and safe, the concrete is not brittle and breakable. To test this, try to poke the foundation with a screwdriver, the foundation should be rock solid. If it isn’t, then there may be a foundation issue.

If the house has a basement, then the posts that hold up the basement and crawl space should stand firmly in place. The bottom of the post should be unmovable and the post should stand straight and tall. If posts don’t then there might be a problem with the foundation.

The next component of the house that should be inspected is the floors. All of the floors within the house must be solid, straight, and not slanted. If the floor is slanted or separates from the wall then the foundation is unable to support the home properly and there is likely a serious issue.

The exterior walls are also a way to check for foundation issues. Take a tour around the outside of the home and inspect for any cracks to the exterior. Each wall on the outside of the home should be smooth, solid, and free of any cracks. If there is, it could mean the foundation has shifted and the home is uneven.

Next, inspect every window and door on the property. Each should be attached to the surrounding wall and they must also open and close without any difficulty. If there is difficulty, it may be a foundation problem such as shifting or even ground that is unable to support the property.

The last test you can do to check the ground around the home for moisture. A strong foundation will usually be set upon ground that is completely solid. When the ground is moist, the dirt particles are porous and unable to bind together, leading to shifting, cracks and major damage to the home.


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