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Buying a Hammond Home with Foundation Damage: What Should You Know?

Posted by WCK Foundation Expert Team on Feb 10, 2014 9:22:00 AM

Buying a Hammond Home with Foundation Damage:  What Should You Know?It’s always exciting to shop for a new home.  Finding that right place for your family, discovering a house that has everything you imagined, sometimes more.  However, it can also be a stressful time as well.  Lining up financing, looking at schools, analyzing your commute and many other factors can make this ordeal very daunting.  The last thing you want to be concerned about when looking for a home in Hammond is the safety and health of the house that you’ve finally decided will be yours.

Foundation damage in Hammond is not an uncommon problem for homes of all ages.  Just like most areas across south Louisiana, these homes sit on volatile, clay-laden, expansive soil.  This type of soil makes up our landscape from Lafayette, stretching east across the north shore.  With our wet climate, this soil wreaks havoc on concrete and our foundations.  As the soil becomes saturated it expands, placing immense pressure on the walls of a home’s foundation.  This constant pressure, if left untreated will create cracks in the foundation.  Signs that this may be happening include: slanted floors, broken windows, cracked masonry, doors and windows that won’t close and more. 

As you look at different homes to purchase, it is very important to keep an eye out for these signs, as well as inquire about the foundation.  It is the law that any foundation or structural issues be disclosed when a house is listed.  Knowing this at the beginning of the home buying process can save a lot of headaches and heartache.  The good news is that discovering your dream home has foundation issues doesn’t necessarily mean you have to cross it off the list.

You have every right to make the purchase of the home contingent upon the foundation being repaired.  This can go a couple of different ways.  The ideal way would be for the seller to allow you to select the repair company.  Selecting a trusted, knowledgeable, community oriented foundation repair company that offers a transferrable lifetime warranty would undoubtedly give you peace of mind before signing that dotted line.  However, more often than not, the seller will select the cheapest option to appease the stipulations of the purchase agreement and sell the house.  When this is happens, it will likely lead to bigger problems and bigger expenses down the road for the new homeowner. 

These low dollar foundation repair bids are typically designed to correct only part of the damage.  For example, they will repair the damage or correct the cause in only one area of the house.  However, there are likely other areas of the home that are damaged or susceptible to damage.  This is the reason that bid was much lower than one from a company that offered a comprehensive solution that would correct all foundation issues.  Once the repair is made, it technically satisfies the contingency to purchase.  Unfortunately it means you just bought a home that still has foundation damage.

WCK Foundation Repair specializes in foundation damage caused by Louisiana’s unique soil.  Their drilled pier method is the most effective process for rectifying and correcting foundation distress.  With 30 years of experience, a community focus and transferrable lifetime warranty, insisting on using WCK before you consider buying a house with foundation issues will ensure the safe and valuable home you and your family deserve.   

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Topics: Damage