So you’ve set your eyes on a real beauty. The looks, location, space, and pretty much everything else is right up your alley. You’d buy this new house right away if you could, but deep inside, you get this gut feeling that something’s not right.
It’s only natural to feel this way.
After all, your house should be perfectly safe for you, and the only way to ascertain this is through a proper foundation inspection. While foundation damage is not a safety hazard immediately, it will deteriorate to that level over years, and does pose some very imminent problems too.
The most common of these is fungal growth which can jeopardize your health safety.
But there’s a lot more you can do about it…
Be On The Lookout
So you’re touring the new house, bravo! You’re loving the way it looks and can’t have enough of the cozy feeling it brings to you. But you need to be vigilant during this part as some signs of foundation damage are pretty obvious and you’d fare much better if you pay attention right now.
Peel your eyes, scanning the scene before you for any cracks and other problems. These include but are not limited to the chimney looking a bit out of angle, or doors and windows that don’t open easily, or increased humidity in the basement region.
These are all telltale signs of foundation damage.
Of course, you can’t check it as thoroughly as an expert would, but it still pays to be attentive.
Next Step: Hire A Professional Foundation Inspector
There’s just so much that you can do on your own. An expert will be better able to assess the safety of your new house and whether it is worth its purchase price. Foundation inspections usually cover both the exterior and the interior of the said property.
This means that any foundation damage and assorted troubles will be all laid before you if they exist. These inspections will not only give you a better picture of the problem scenario but also allow you to better assess your position in the deal.
What Should You Do Next?
The outcomes of the inspection may or may not be to your liking. For instance, the inspector might reveal that the house had had a foundation repair in the past, which is a good thing, but if the seller did not disclose this detail already, then you have reasons to be concerned.
Otherwise, it’s all good.
However, if the damage is there, untouched, what do you then?
You’ve got options here too:
• You can walk away from the deal if you don’t feel like going through (if the damage is severe or if you have other options).
• You can have your seller get all major issues fixed for your satisfaction.
• You can have the issues fixed yourself via a reputable foundation repair services provider, and seek compensation from the seller.
• If the property is being sold the way it is, you can ask your foundation inspector to sort the repair jobs in terms of priority and then proceed accordingly.
Just remember that even a new house may have some issues. Your foundation inspector is bound to reveal a problem so don’t go running off when you hear his findings. Moreover, while your seller may agree to have some problems fixed, you can’t expect them to cover up everything, because that’s unreasonable.
While a home inspection may cost you a little bit right now, in the long run, it will be worth it. So consider having your next dream house thoroughly inspected before you decide to buy the place.