Typically, the most informative and also worrisome phase of every transaction is the home inspection. A great home inspector will thoroughly inspect the home a buyer is purchasing and under contract, and make recommendations to buyer’s for items that need repair in the home. A buyer has the right after the inspection to ask the seller to either fix some or all of those items, or provide a credit so the buyer can fix after closing. If you’re looking into selling your property with the Natale Edge, visit here. We’ll go over preventative steps to take before listing your property.
While the repairs that could come up in a home inspection are numerous, I wanted to focus on the Big Five Issues that could come in a home inspection. One’s that are concerns to every buyer. Over the past few weeks, I went into detail how each develops and the typical solutions to each big issue that could arise in the home inspection.
In Part 5 of this series, I’ll go into detail about structural issues. To start from the beginning and to view Part 1 of the series on Termites, click here.
When it comes to the home inspection, most inspectors and buyers will correlate foundation cracks, either on the interior or exterior of the home, as being a structural issue. Most times though, a vertical crack is said to be a more normal form of settling, while a horizontal crack could be more worrisome. If there is a horizontal crack in the foundation, an expert mason should be brought in to fully diagnose the issue. Cracks in the foundation could lead to parts of the home sinking or sagging, which could cause the sheet-rock to crack and start to show cosmetic issues. Over time, these structural issues could lead to major problems, as a home could start look like the one directly above!
Structural issues can result from a variety of things. Like the illustration directly above, vegetation located near a home can either soak up the water under a home, or can push its roots against the foundation. Foundations can be comprised by water pressure being built up around the foundation, leading to cracks. Large foundation cracks could allow water to enter the home, which I’ve detailed as a major issue as well here.
**All of these items are fixable situations, and do come up quite often. The $$ amount varies on a case-by-case basis. These items are more or less the “horrors” that could come up (often popularized by large media outlets, such as HGTV).
John Natale Jr.
Keller Williams Realty
Cell: (732) 546-6177
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