This is a typical example of what happens to new homeowners throughout the US: a new home-buyer buys a home, and six months to 12 months later starts to notice cracks in walls and doors and windows not functioning properly. Why is this occurring so much?
I have had the opportunity of being an expert witness on many occasions. My expertise was required in helping a current homeowner in negotiations with another party on their house foundation repairs. Quite often during this period of time homeowners would either walk from their home with lots of damage in it or they would collect and then walk. Leaving the mortgage company with the foundation problems.
It was very common for the lender to then sell the home at auction as is. Many times it would sit for a long time up to years before it would be sold. People sensing a bargain would then buy the home and instead of fixing the problem at its source, did what we call “caulk and walk”, selling it to a new home owner after a little cosmetic fix up. Now after 6 to 12 months or even several years those problems that were not fixed at their source are coming back.
How can you protect yourself?
I suggest that before you buy a house, you call our team and have it expertly investigated. It is a small price to pay for making sure you’re not buying a house with big problems. In order to properly investigate, there needs to be sufficient time… usually about 2 weeks.
Best practice would be to contact us at the start of your inspection period to schedule a foundation Inspection.