One important piece of knowing the current condition of your home, for Buyers and Sellers alike, is the home’s foundation. The foundation of a home is often the make or break for a transaction, and being aware of the condition of the foundation will help prepare you for the sale/purchase of your home.
So how do you know if your home’s foundation is in good shape?
There are various warning signs of adverse performance of a foundation. The warning signs below will give you a good idea of what to look for when evaluating your home’s foundation and may even show you your foundation is in better shape than you originally thought!
Doors & Windows
Doors that bind, are out-of-square, or don’t latch properly
Windows that are difficult to operate or have cracked glass
Cracks in the slab
Uneven or sloping floors
Cracks in floor tiles
Walls & Ceilings
Sheetrock cracks of .2”-.6” or more oftentimes located around doors and windows
Gaps where the wall meets the ceiling
Displaced or cracked decorative moldings
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Doors & Windows
Separations between door jambs or brick moulding and the brick
Separations around window frames
Separation between garage frame and brick
Frieze board separations
Rotating, buckling, or deflecting masonry cladding
Cracks of .2”-.6” or more oftentimes
Offset cracking where the brick is uneven on either side of the crack
This is a fairly comprehensive list and having just one or two of these indicators may not be cause for concern. However, more than a couple of the indicators of adverse performance might suggest your home’s foundation may need some special attention. Knowing the current condition of a home’s foundation opens opportunities to negotiate the selling price, prepare for future maintenance, and stay on top of a potential purchase.