In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the top exterior and interior signs that may signal foundation damage or problems in a new home you’re touring. Such signs may indicate issues that are relatively minor, but in other cases they could signal major concerns that will impact not only the foundation but also connected concrete and other areas.
At Lift-Up Concrete Lifting LLC, we’re happy to offer a range of residential concrete lifting and leveling services to all our clients. These include assistance for those considering a home, both with numerous concrete surfaces on the property and how these impact the foundation. While part one of our series taught you how to recognize red flags of foundation issues, today’s part two will go over how to react if you do see these signs.
Not Necessarily a Major Issue
First and foremost, this isn’t all a doom-and-gloom scenario. While many of the signs we went over in part one are certainly not positive indicators, they also aren’t necessarily a major problem. Some may not even indicate foundation issues when you get to the bottom of them, for one, while others may indicate these issues – but only on a minor scale, and one where simple, affordable repairs will remedy the situation.
Call Our Team
So how do you find out for sure what the issues you’ve seen actually mean? By calling our concrete repair professionals, that’s how.
As we noted in part one, concrete repair and foundations are linked together. Our concrete lifting and leveling pros have completed many jobs that impact the foundation significantly, including the ability to diagnose foundation cracks, gaps or other issues you’ve noticed to get a true read on how significant the problem is. Using the information we give you, you’ll be able to proceed accordingly with any home you’re considering buying.
Covering Your Bases
Once you’ve spoken with our team and gotten a clear understanding of the extent of any foundation issues, you can take the following steps:
- Inquire with the home seller about whether any past foundation repair or related concrete repair work that was done. This should be documented in detail, especially if parts of the job appear to have not been done correctly.
- Speak to your loan officer, real estate agent or other professionals to understand how foundation issues might impact your mortgage. There are certain programs you might be ineligible for if the home has foundation problems, but also others meant to include additional funds for foundation repairs.
- Speak to our team about the costs of repair, then factor this cost in when you discuss final sale price with the seller. Generally, the seller should be covering the cost of these repairs – or the sale price should be reduced by enough to cover the buyer making this payment.
For more on how to spot and respond to potential foundation issues in a new home, or to learn about any of our concrete lifting and leveling services, speak to the staff at Lift-Up Concrete Lifting LLC today.