The foundation is the home’s most important structural component.
A serious foundation problem can quickly turn into an expensive nightmare. Buyers realize this and won’t purchase a home until it’s been properly repaired or worse, they’ll simply walk away.
If you notice cracks, bowing or anything else that looks suspicious, you should have the foundation inspected by a qualified professional to determine just how serious the problem is.
Indications of possible foundation problems include uneven floors, windows/doors that are hard to open/shut and diagonal cracks on walls around the corners of doors and windows. It’s important to keep in mind though that many homes have cracks and defects which are purely cosmetic.
Foundation cracks are caused by hydrostatic pressure from water that soaks into the earth around the base of the home. The foundation sinks as water spills out from the gutters and puddles around the perimeter putting pressure against the foundation which causes cracks that make the house settle more than it should.
If you’re selling a home with a foundation problem, it’s usually best to get it fixed beforehand as a questionable foundation problem can often squash a sale. If you don’t plan on fixing the issue, at least get a few quotes so that you’re able to show the approximate cost of repairs.