5 Red Flags for Home Buyers to Spot Structural Foundation Damage
Home buyers, do you suspect structural foundation damage?
Shopping for a new home can be exciting. Before you buy a home, one of the things you should do is have it checked for structural foundation damage. You don’t want to be surprised after you move in to find a crack in the foundation that will require expensive repairs. Living in a home that doesn’t have a solid foundation is dangerous.
As a prospective home buyer, here’s what to look for to spot cracks in the foundation.
1- Uneven floors. If the floor appears cracked, sagging, or warped it could be a sign of a cracked foundation. Sloping floors are caused by the home’s foundation settlement or sinking.
2- Bowing or Bulging Exterior Walls. The most common cause of bowing or bulging foundation walls is from excess pressure from the soil around the foundation.
3- Moisture in the Basement. Walk in the crawl space and in the basement to see if there is condensation or water leaking in from the foundation.
4- Sloping floors. If a floor is uneven, it could be a sign of foundation damage.
5- Walls that are Out of Plumb. When a wall is out of plumb, it could be a sign of structural damage. To check if walls are plumb lay a level against it.
If you suspect structural foundation damage, it’s important to contact a professional to get an estimate of costs to repair before you buy the home.
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