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Buying a Home? Check for Foundation Problems First!

How to find hidden foundation problems before purchasing a home.

Home with "for sale" sign out front

You’re about to make the biggest purchase of your life. Are you ready? Before you invest your hard earned money on a new home, it’s important that you be sure that the foundation is in good shape. Otherwise, you could be in for an expensive repair later. Check for foundation problems before you buy – you’ll be glad you did!

Even if the home looks flawless, it’s entirely possible that there are foundation issues lurking in the deep. While you’d like to think that the seller will disclose any issues or take care of them prior to sale, they might not be as honest as you are. It’s in your best interest to check things out. If you’re in the market for a new home, Ram Jack of Texas recommends you look for a few conspicuous warning signs.

Foundation Problem Warning Signs

Are the exterior walls covered? If you notice items suspiciously pushed up against the sides of the house, the current owner may be trying to hide something. Make sure to remove such items and ensure there are no unseen cracks in the foundation, bricks, or walls. These types of cracks may mean an foundation repair is waiting for a new owner.

Is there brand new wallpaper or recently painted walls? While the owner may have improved the house to make it more attractive to buyers, it’s also possible that they are trying to cover something up. Make sure to ask about it or take a closer look.

Is furniture awkwardly placed along the walls? Or are there boxes stacked against the walls? The seller may be trying to hide something. If something looks like it doesn’t belong, move it, and take a look behind. It might be nothing, but it also might be an expensive repair waiting for you when you move in.

By taking a few steps to protect yourself, you may save yourself a headache of having to repair the foundation yourself, or you may be able to negotiate a lower purchase price, saving you money. In any case, it only serves to benefit you.

Signs of Foundation Problems

  • Cracks in the walls, brick siding, or siding
  • Uneven floors
  • Misaligned windows and doors
  • Cracked and folded drywall

Foundation Inspection

Ram Jack of Texas recommends that all home buyers have the home professionally inspected. In addition, take a look yourself – inspectors aren’t perfect. Protect your investment by ensuring the foundation in your new home is strong and healthy. If you need some extra help, give us a call! We’ll do our best to alert you and help with any foundation problems you may be facing.