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Watch Out for Foundation Issues When Buying a Home

The home buying season is here! Spring is when everyone is buying and selling homes. A home is a very big investment and buying a home that was previously owned can be a bit of a gamble. It can be hard to tell whether the home has major structural or foundation issues unless you know the signs. Park Range Construction is an expert when it comes to the foundation of any building, whether a commercial building or a home. Our goal is to help you make the best decision when it comes to buying a home.

When it comes to buying a home you always want to get your home inspected by a certified home inspector. While not all states require that a home inspector be certified which is why you want to make sure that even though they may not be required to have a certification, that they are. A home inspector that cares about the customer and is certified will have a trained eye when it comes to spotting major issues in a home. But before you get serious about a home, it’s good for you to be able to weed out the houses that aren’t the right fit for you and your family. Training your eye to see foundational issues when you first look at a home will help you to make the decisions easily on whether to keep a home in the mix of ones you may potentially buy.

Here are some of the biggest signs that a home has foundation issues:

Sagging Floors and Ceiling. This can easily go unnoticed because the process that happens is slow. However, when you’re looking at a home for the first time you should be able to spot it easily. If you have ever gone through a home and felt like you just went down a little slope or up a little slope, don’t ignore it! This is a sign that there may be some serious foundational issues. Also, when you’re walking around the home, look at the ceilings to see if you notice any sagging.

Windows and Doors Sticking. When you walk through the home, open and close the doors and windows to see if there is any sticking. Whereas sometimes, this can mean that it just needs some WD-40 sprayed on it, it can also mean that the foundation has shifted and contoured the shape of the door and window frame.

Bowed or Cracked Walls. If you’re looking for a good deal on a home, then you’re going to be looking at homes that need a bit of fixing up. Do a thorough inspection of the walls and don’t dismiss when you see that the wall is bowing. Also, there are different kinds of cracks that can form on a wall, not all are foundational related. If you see a crack at the joint of drywall, its not a big concern. However, if you see a crack in the wall that shows a shift, is diagonal across the wall, or the like then you’ll want to more than likely skip on buying that home if you don’t want to go through the hassle of fixing the foundation.

There are many other signs that you can look for when it comes to seeing if the home you’re looking at has foundational issues. If you’re prepared to fix a home with such issues or your current home is exhibiting such signs, then give Park Range Construction a call today! We can help provide you the quickest and most cost-effective solutions! Call us for a free home estimate!