Take a Close Look at Foundations

by Elizabeth Cooper-Golden

in Huntsville Home Buyer Tips

priceexamination.jpgIf you really want to be sure you are getting a good deal on a home, you have to know that the foundation is secure. If it is not, you may not want to buy that particular house. This is especially the case for east Huntsville Homes built on a steep mountain side.

In some cases, no problems exist, or foundation repairs are easy, and if you get a lower price on the home, it might be worth it to buy it and do it on your own. However, other times, foundations are in bad shape, and unless they are fixed properly before purchase, the home should be passed up for something else.

Like the name suggests, the foundation is what makes the house stable. If there are problems, you could lose the entire house in time. That’s not exactly something anyone would want. Foundation repairs can be tricky, and that’s why it is a good idea to have someone you trust inspect a home before you make an offer. Even the best looking houses might be in need of foundation repairs, and that’s not something the average person can see on their own.

If the foundation repairs needed compromise the integrity of the home, you have to consider that before you buy. If it is a costly repair, do you really want to have to go through that before you can move into your new home? You may be able to get a great price on the home, but even then, it might not be worth it. There are times when a foundation is so bad that no amount of repair is going to fix it. If you don’t know that before you buy, you might as well be throwing your money away. In some cases, the house may not fall in, but it might fall a bit sideways. Unless you want to take a sled ride down your living room floor, you want to have it fixed.

Other foundation repairs are a bit easier. There are times when the repairs only have to do with water coming into the basement, or they may just be cosmetic in nature. Some foundation repairs can be done simply to avoid problems in the future. Those are not quite as bad, and are certainly things that can be negotiated during the sale of a home. However, it’s important to know the difference. If you simply don’t know what to look for, and most of us don‘t, a professional is the only way to go. You can read up on it if you want, but nothing beats the practiced eye of someone who knows houses inside and out.

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