When you are buying a home or remodeling your current home, there are plenty of things on your mind, and it can be hard to forget the most important part of the house, the foundation! So before you start picking out new paint colors and cupboards, make sure you check the foundation. The foundation is what literally holds your house up, and failing to spot and remedy problems can end up costing you big money in the long run.
You don’t need a degree or tons of experience to be able to notice the signs of a damaged or failing foundation, in fact some of them may be staring you right in the face.
Here are a few things to look for:
Misaligned door and windows
This can be a sign of a settling foundation and happens in every house, it is not necessarily a sign of a damaged foundation
Doors that stick or wont fully close
Hard to open windows
Uneven floors or staircases
Cracks in the drywall
Gaps in wall seams or between the ceiling and the wall
Large cracks in the exterior concrete
Signs of flooding in the basement or perimeter of the house
If you notice any of these signs, it’s a good idea to have a second or more thorough home inspection done focusing on the foundation. While this will incur some additional costs, it will be worth it in the long run. A bad foundation is not always a deal breaker when looking for a house, because foundations can be repaired, it would just be wise to negotiate the price of the house to accommodate these additional expenses.