The end of the year, followed by the beginning of a new one, is the common time for people to consider making changes. One of the biggest changes someone can make is purchasing a new home. Now with this major decision comes a lot of smaller choices. Yard, floors, paint colors, schools, conveniences and more. Now, some of these can change or be changed, but some other big implications of purchasing a new house can harder to see. None more so than the state of your potential new home’s foundation.
To protect its safety and value it is crucial that you have the property inspected. Most home inspections that a mortgage company requires will address the foundation. With that being said, it is important to understand the difference between an inspection and a free estimate. While an inspection will be part of the home buying experience, a free estimate is only to address legitimate concerns with your foundation. If you notice any of the telltale signs of foundation damage, a free estimate from a foundation repair company may be in order. However, free estimates do not apply to a general check-up of your home’s health.
It is also important to remember that no matter what the outcome may be, it doesn’t have spell doom for the home of your dreams. With a trusted opinion and proven solution, solving foundation problems before you purchase can make your new home that much better.
By law, any known foundation issues must be disclosed by the seller. If there are unknown issues, these can be discovered through an inspection. Ideally, you and the seller can agree on a repair company; but you can also make a satisfactory repair contingent for the purchase.
Buying a new home is likely the largest purchase most people ever make. Leaving something as substantial as the foundation up to risk is never a good idea. At WCK Foundation Repair, we’ve been helping realtors, home owners, home sellers and home buyers for over 30 years. If you are selling a home or buying a home click here for information.