Should You Get a Foundation Inspection Before Buying a Home?

November 16, 2013 Melanie Chaney

Buying a new home, especially for the first time, is very exciting. But one of the biggest mistakes potential buyers make is not getting a foundation inspection before signing the papers on their dream home.

Because a home’s foundation is not visible, many buyers tend to overlook it during their preliminary inspections—out of sight, out of mind—and sellers may not even realize the home has foundation issues. However, just because no problems were disclosed by the seller doesn’t mean they don’t exist. A foundation inspection is always a good idea, even for a newer home. Hiring a professional foundation inspector up front can end up saving you thousands in repairs over the long run. It can also help you decide whether to negotiate for a lower price on the home or walk away altogether.

It is easy to get caught up in the idea of a new home and fail to see potential problems. However, there are a few telltale signs that the home you are interested in might have foundation issues. Simply by paying attention during a walkthrough, you can identify some of these signs and exercise caution in proceeding.

Sloping floors
Cracks in interior walls
Doors and windows that do not shut properly
Walls that bow inward
Spaces between the walls and ceiling or walls and floor
Cracks in interior floors
Cracks in exterior bricks
While these may not represent serious foundation issues, they are cause for concern and should be investigated. A professional inspector can thoroughly assess the situation and make appropriate recommendations for foundation repairs. Then it is up to you whether or not to proceed with the purchase.

If you would like a foundation inspection before buying your new home call us at 1-210-534-4110 or click here.