Buying a home is a major life choice. Whether you are a first time home buyer, or you have done this before, there is a lot to remember when buying a house. Besides all of the paper work and the actual buying process, there’s the whole aspect of inspecting the house itself to make sure you are getting a fair price, and that you are not stuck with major repairs right after you buy it. One of the first things you should look at when buying a house is its foundation, literally what the entire house is built on. Now, you don’t need construction experience or vast concrete knowledge to spot foundation problems, but since you most likely aren’t an expert, 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.