If you own or are looking to buy an older home, then it is extremely important that you are aware of any foundation issues that may arise. While most of us tend to focus on issues such as roofing, electrical or plumbing problems in older homes, many tend to overlook the importance of a home’s foundation. Below, we share some signs to look for and how to address any foundation issues in the home.
Signs of foundation issues
Of course, the most obvious signs of a home having foundation issues are cracks that may be present in the floors, walls, or ceilings of the home. While stress cracks may be common in the home, it is important to monitor any cracks to notice if they widen over time. In addition, it is important to notice if there are any sagging floors or sloping walls in the home, as this can also indicate structural issues below. You will also want to pay attention to any doors or windows that may become uneasy to open as this can also indicate a shifting foundation. Lastly, it is important to inspect the exterior of the home as well. If you notice any sunken areas where the ground has shifted, this could be a sign of an underlying foundation issue. Water stains on the walls or flooring can also be causes for concern.
How to address foundation issues
Foundation issues in the home are a very serious concern. With this said, this is not a typical “do-it-yourself” type of repair. If you notice any changing cracks or other signs of foundation issues in the home, it is critical that you contact a structural engineer to inspect the property. If you do not know of a reputable structural engineer, a general contractor should likely be able to provide you with a referral. Oftentimes, helical piles can be installed at the home to address any foundation issues. Regardless, time is of the essence when dealing with a failing foundation in the home.
When looking to buy a home, it is common for most buyers to focus on a home’s finishes and other aesthetic features. With this said, we can not stress enough the importance of some of the more expensive items that largely go unnoticed. Items such as a home’s foundation, roof, plumbing, and electrical system are all extremely important. Furthermore, these items can be quite costly and time-consuming to address and repair. As always, a local and knowledgeable real estate agent should be your first step to success when looking to buy a home. If you are in South Florida, be sure to contact our team of experts at Live South Florida Realty, Inc. While you are at it, be sure to download the free Florida Home Search app for your mobile device as well.