There are many things on the checklist that buyers are looking for in their new home search. Most often, what lies under the house, is not necessarily one of them, but it should be. After all the foundation of the home, is what stabilizes your home. So, when you are checking out all the amenities of a new home, look down and focus on the foundation, or it could cause lots of issues and money in the future.
When searching for a home in Clear Lake or any other city, check for warning signs for potential foundation problems. Make any notes if you notice any of the following:
- Cracks in the pavement or driveway
- Doors that do not shut properly, will not latch or stick
- Cracks in the drywall
- Windows and doors that are misaligned, difficult to open, or are cracked
- Sloping floors or staircases
- Gaps between wall and ceiling, gaping seams at the baseboard or ceiling level
- Standing water along the outside perimeter of the home
If you have already fallen in love with a home and have uncovered some of these issues, there is no need to stress, however, proceed with caution. Not all foundation problems are created equal and a review by a professional, such as a structural engineer, along with the other inspections is necessary and required. It is worth the hourly rate to understand the extent of the issue before purchasing the home.
The good news is that foundation problems can be fixed and knowing what you are dealing with puts the buying power in your hands. This is prime time to negotiate the price of the home allowing for money that will need to be spent to correct the foundation issue.
For more information related to foundation issues, call Bay Area Foundation Repair at 281-992-9000.