Mar 15, 2017 / by Daniel Wawrzusin / Comments are off for this post

structural-inspections-will-tellThe last thing you want is to be out of the know with your home – or with the home you are looking at purchasing. Structural inspections are scheduled at any time you request it. This will allow you to learn a significant amount of information about the house to help you make important decisions.

Structural Integrity

Soil and other ground elements shift all the time. In most instances, it isn’t a dramatic amount and will not impact anything. However, it has been known to cause upset on home foundations. The structural integrity of your home might be at jeopardy as a result of shifts within the soil. This could include cracks and other damage.

A structural inspection will be able to tell you more about the foundation and what needs to be done in order to make the necessary repairs. Without knowing these things, you risk your home becoming more damaged than it already is.

Think of this. There are landslides and sinkholes that occur all the time. While you hope you won’t have to deal with such a thing, it does happen. If it happens near you, it might be time to schedule an inspection to see if it has impacted the structural integrity of your home.

Remember, it is your home. If there’s a problem with the structure, everything you love on the inside (and outside) of your home could be affected. Although it might not happen right away, it’s bound to happen eventually. It’s best to know about it sooner rather than later so you’re never faced with unwanted surprises that could cost you a significant amount of money.

Weak Foundation

There might be issues where you have a weak foundation. This is common with concrete poured for foundation. It might have been a bad mix or it was not properly cured before the rest of the construction took place.

If there is a weak foundation, it could result in various problems. The only way to know about them is to have a structural inspection performed. However, there are likely warning signs already appearing throughout the home, including:

  • An unlevel floor
  • Windows are difficult to open
  • Doors are failing to latch
  • Cracks are appearing in the walls

If you’re already living in the home, you might be seeing these things. A weak foundation is often what leads to such problems. However, if you’re looking at purchasing the property, you might not see these things in a walk through. Therefore, it’s up to you to be proactive and determine if there is in fact a weak foundation. From there, you get to determine whether it’s worth the investment or not.

Poor Drainage

Another thing an inspection will tell you is whether you have poor drainage on-site or not. Poor drainage might lead to water where it doesn’t belong, including basements, behind walls, and in other locations. You might end up with mold or mildew growing in areas where you cannot see. This will cause damage over time if it’s not corrected. This includes such things as ceilings caving in and walls falling apart.

If you are looking at purchasing a property, understanding the level of drainage will make it easier to determine whether it’s a good investment or not. After all, you don’t want to get into a situation where you purchase a home, only to deal with major issues within the first year of ownership.

What Next?

All sorts of areas of a home are explored during a structural inspection. What appears on the report could help you to make important repairs as well as decide if it’s worth the investment.

There are different ways to repair structural problems. It doesn’t mean that the home is going to come crashing down at any moment. However, you need to identify the problem, the cause of the problem, and what issues have occurred as a result of the problem.

Ways to fix the structure of the home include:

  • Install drainage pipes
  • Reinforce the walls
  • Underpin the foundation
  • Completely repair the foundation

There are so many different options and there’s no telling what’s going to work the best until a structural engineer comes out to perform an inspection. The good news is that there are ways to make repairs to virtually every situation.

You don’t want to ignore warning signs if you’re in a home that you suspect is faced with a problematic structure. You also don’t want to purchase property unless a structural inspection has been conducted.

If you’re looking at buying property and there are issues with the foundation once the inspection has been done, you have options. You could ask for money off of the sale price to offset the repairs that will need to be done. You could also put a conditional offer on the home that the owner makes the repairs prior to you making the purchase. You might also want to walk away from the property and find a new property where you don’t have to worry about repairs.

In the end, it’s best to be in the know about what’s going on with any property. Not knowing means being unpleasantly surprised down the road – and there’s nothing like being told that your foundation is cracked, weak, or being affected by poor drainage. Repairs are possible, but first you have to know what the problem is.

Find out more about your home by calling to schedule a structural inspection today.