By Steven Harms, Elite Group Home Inspector in Fresno/Clovis, California
Buying a home can feel overwhelming, especially when you’re not sure exactly what distinguishes a reliable home from one that needs a little extra TLC, an easy fix, or a costly major repair. While it may be easy to spot cabinets that need replacing or outdated light fixtures, cosmetic repairs of this nature don’t necessarily dictate the true condition of a home.
Below, we’re highlighting a few of the major elements that can either make or break a home. Please note, this is not a comprehensive list; it’s a short list of some major issues that can point to trouble down the line.
1. Foundation Cracks
It’s not uncommon to see a concrete slab foundation with cracks in it. However, not all cracks necessarily mean trouble ahead.
Moisture in the home can lead to expansion and contraction in the concrete, so it’s natural to see small cracks on the surface. However, if you notice larger V-shaped cracks or pyramid-shaped cracks, it’s important to take a step back to see if the foundation has risen or fallen on one side. This can be caused by the earth beneath it settling, resulting in the foundation tilting so that it’s no longer in complete contact with the earth.
Exercise caution when considering purchasing a home with these types of foundation issues, and contact a local professional to inspect the severity of the foundation damage.