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Home inspection and foundation issues

So spring time is upon us, the ground water needs to move. Your home inspection includes looking for foundation issues.

Have you started your journey into purchasing a home, do you think you need a home inspection?

One of the area’s a home inspector will be looking at is the exterior of the foundation as well as the interior side of the foundation, that is the parts of the foundation which are visible.

If you want a dry home, the roof is not the only part that stops water.

The foundation is one of the leading factors when it comes to wet basements.

As a result, it is my opinion that nearly all foundations will have a fault of some sort.

I find that older block foundations as well as new poured foundations have cracks. Some small, some large.

Whether it be a settlement crack or a heave crack, it is still waters best friend.

Once water gets into a crack it will freeze and cause the crack to expand. this is inevitable. a crack must be fixed.

There are several reasons why cracks show up in foundations, ask me and I will tell you!

If you have bought a house and have had an inspection, make sure that the report includes the foundation.

During your inspection, walk around the exterior and interior, look for cracks and take pictures.

If you find a crack as a result of walking around, ask the inspector about it, make sure he or she has disclosed this.

A good home inspector will find cracks, if you find one but the inspector did not, let him or her know.

All home inspectors are trained to find visual defects however, we are human and could miss a crack.

Home inspection is an integral part of purchasing a home.

Foundation cracks found during a home inspection.
Foundation Crack

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With todays market, home inspections are being waved, inflated sales have caused the ability to include a home inspection in offers to be an instant loss of purchase.

As a result the highest offer which does not include conditions will win the purchase.

I personally do hope that this will change soon!

Home buyers need to know what they are buying before closing on an offer.

If home inspections are not performed on a home purchasers are literally taking a gamble on the words, “as is”.

One of the results could very well be in the area of the water supply system, for instance.

Many homes built used Poly B supply lines, So your offer has been accepted, you can’t back out now.

The one question your insurance agent will ask is, “What plumbing material is used in the home”.

You might take a look and read off the name on that grey pipe, oh the house has poly B (Polybutylene).

Your insurance agent is going to make it clear that you need to remove and have new plumbing installed.

Replacing the Poly B is the plumbing only.

You now have to, in most cases have a drywaller come in to repair those walls and ceilings.

Possibly a tile guy to replace or completely re tile a wall or two because now that tile is out dated.

Sellers please do not put buyers in a position where they are not granted the right to a home inspection.

Many people simply do not have the thousands of dollars for repairs.

I am aware that a home inspection could result in a buyer not closing on a deal, this does not mean that your house will not sell.

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