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October
25

Foundation Inspection - Buy a Home - CB Prime Properties

Discerning homebuyers who want to avoid cookie-cutter options available in planned communities are often attracted to the unique architecture and mature landscaping that can be found in some older Albany homes for sale. But for a house to offer the full value its appearance suggests, it must have a strong foundation. If you're looking to put your home on the market, our real estate agents suggest looking for signs of potential foundation issues before you do. 

  • Perform a perimeter check
    As you walk around the exterior of the house, Look down the length of each wall to spot any bulging or leaning. Either suggests that there could be some issues with a deteriorating foundation, so you will want to call in a professional immediately. While hairline cracks in the concrete are normal, anything over 1/4 inch is a problem that should be resolved as quickly as possible. Look also for signs of standing water which can cause serious damage to the foundation. This can often be resolved by simply cleaning and repairing gutters and drains to ensure water is properly directed away from the house.

  • Scan other concrete slabs
    Driveways, patios, and porches should be intact with even surfaces. Shifting or cracking slabs can direct water toward the house, but they can often be lifted back into position before serious damage occurs. The grading of the landscape can also change over time and cause water to pool near the house.

  • Check interior walls
    Just as with exterior walls, cracks, bulges, and signs of leaning are all signs of an ailing foundation. Uneven floors also indicate a shifting foundation. Even if you can't discern a problem with the naked eye, you can place a ball on the floor and see if it begins to roll.

  • Evaluate all doors and windows
    Both should open and close easily. One of the earliest signs of foundation problems is difficulty opening windows and closing doors smoothly. When a door is open, it shouldn't close by itself. Windows shouldn't jam or stick. If the foundation has moved slightly, they will not open and close efficiently.

  • Inspect the crawl space
    This is a window into the health of the foundation. Moisture and mold are big red flags the wood supports may be rotting or at a minimum, warping. Wooden supports such as these support the entire structure, so if you find an issue in the crawlspace, there is a big chance there may be issues you cannot readily see.

  • Scrutinize the pipes
    It may be hard to believe that a small drip can cause significant damage to a house, but leaking pipes can waste as much as 90 gallons of water every day. That can mean as much as 10,000 gallons of water assaulting your home's foundation every year. From that perspective, it's easier to see how much havoc a leaking pipe can cause. 

If your inspection reveals any of these concerns, don't panic. Contact a reputable inspector. They do more than just confirm your suspicions. You'll come away with recommendations to correct the problems and often a free estimate for the work. 

If you're considering selling your home or buying existing property, contact us. Our real estate professionals will guide you through the process, from initial consultation to closing.

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