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Kiran Adimat…, Home Buyer in Orange Grove I- Plaza,...

Buying a house that has just finished foundation repair

Asked by Kiran Adimatyam, Orange Grove I- Plaza, Marana, AZ Sat Aug 3, 2013

Hi, we found a house that is of interest to us and we were told that the foundation work has been done. Seller has stated that clearly and the documentation is provided as well. Is it a good idea to buy a house after the foundation repair is done? The house is 18 years old and last month the foundation work has been done.

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Foundation issues are pretty common in Texas, especially in the Irving area. My recommendation would be to take a look at the documentation for the repair work. There should be a diagram drawn out by the foundation repair contractor that shows where the piers were placed, there should also be a lifetime transferable warranty. Do a little due diligence on the company that provided the work to give yourself some piece of mind. You can also get a second opinion from a structural engineer to make sure the repairs were done correctly. I can recommend an expert if you need one.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 3, 2015
I would look into if there are any issues with the home. It sounds like there were repairs that were done so I would think that is a good thing. If you really like the home I think it would be worth it.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 10, 2014
I agree, you could have an inspector look at the foundations that were done. Chances are, they fixed a lot of the problems that could have occurred. I'm sure that you won't have to worry about basement leaks and things like that. It's always good to be extra careful though and get the second inspection. http://spiersconstruction.net
Flag Mon Dec 22, 2014
I think that if the home recently had the work done, it should be fine. However, I would just check to make sure that everything is sound. It might be a good idea to get it inspected by an inspector that you hire just to make sure. However, for the most part, if it has already been taken care of, it should be fine. http://www.foundationrepairfortwayne.com/Foundation-Installa…
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 9, 2014
If you have the documentation I would check to see if the repair is under a warranty and if so for how long. Also you may want to check to see if the repair was done under a permit from the county. If so, they may of had a county inspection done on the completion of the job.

All the best,
Gary Geer
Results Realty USA
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 29, 2014
When buying in Irving, TX keep in mind much of the property there sits in a river bed so foundation issues are constant. I've been told by experts to make sure the home is on pier and beam foundation. A structural engineer also shared with me that if the home is on pier and beam his concern is not about having to make corrections - that becomes regular maintenance for these homes...his concern was regarding moisture under the home and making sure the wood doesn't rot. Great air circulation to keep the soil and crawl space dry becomes the first priority in maintaining your home's foundation support system.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 19, 2014
I would do my best to find one without foundation repair. In most cases it is never fixed....it is common to have more problems in the future. The warranty is not FREE, but discount against future repair within certain guidelines. What we see is often the fixed part doesn't fail, it's more areas.

What does your realtor say? Was it 4 piers or 14 or 40? Was the problem fixed that caused the foundation to fail?

There are lots of homes for sale in Valley Ranch and there are some tips to see which ones are more likely to have problems in the future. A list of homes for sale is at the link at the bottom.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 12, 2014
Bruce Lynn, Real Estate Pro in Coppell, TX
Hi Kiran,

Given the soil conditions and the temperature differential, foundation problems are a common issue in most of DFW area. If the repair has been done by a reputed company and the warranty is transferrable, then it is a great buy assuming you all like other aspects of the house.

Happy house hunting.

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Email: poogle@rocketrealtytx.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 6, 2014
Foundation problems will scare a lot of buyers off, but if it is repaired correctly and comes with a warranty then you really should not let that stop you from purchasing the home. Get recommendations from your agent on what companies are good in your area and make sure they stand behind the work. Here in the Dallas area we have a lot of movement along with hot summers which causes the ground to shift. Always make sure to water around your foundation to keep the ground from drying out. Also watering too much can cause problems. Both extremes can cause the ground to expand and contract causing movement. Once the foundation is repaired and supported it can be maintained as long as you pay attention to the causes/reasons for the previous foundation problems.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 5, 2014
There is no problem with buying a house that has had foundation repair done. It's better than buying a house with foundation problems!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Nov 12, 2013
At least the foundation repair in Greensboro NC usually is done pretty well so it should be fine to move in. It all depends on location and company though.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 4, 2013
We just did foundation repair in Arvada CO and our house is still very stable and well off. I don't think it's very uncommon to need foundation repair.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 23, 2013
Foundation issues are extremely common in Texas, as stated by other agents. Definitely a good recommendation from them for you to research that the repairs have been done by a reputable company, and what kind of warranty is in place. You may want to talk with your agent, if you have one, and consider a structural engineer's report. This is far more in-depth than a regular home inspection too, in regards to the foundation and home's structure.

Diane Briggs, REALTOR®
Asset Realty
(214) 289-0093
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 3, 2013
Your Realtor should be assisting you . Irving is built on a fault there many homes have shifted and have foundation repair. No professional can render an opinion unless they review all the documentation plus foundation report.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 3, 2013
Hi Kiran,

Due to the soil that we have here in Texas, that is the reason for most houses having some type of foundation issue. Some can be minor and some can be major. There are even times that the cracks in the exterior & interior walls is just the settling of the foundation. I would make sure that the warranty can be transferred to you (some foundation companies do charge a fee to transfer). Also, I would do my due diligence on the company and make sure that the warranty is a lifetime warranty.

Make it a Great Day!

Tamika A. Goree
Broker | Owner
The DFW Property Shop
Direct: 972.697.1178
Fax: 972.665.7148
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 3, 2013
I live in Irving/Valley Ranch and because Texas has clay soil there is some movement. I have
many clients who had work done 20-25 years ago and the house is fine. I've also seen newer
houses that needed work. Solid repair companies will have a transferrable warranty on the work
they performed and you'll be fine. I'd suggest having a home inspection for any house you buy.

If I can answer further questions, I'd be happy to.

Johnna Wheeler
Associate Broker
Fathom Realty
972-658-5727 direct/text
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 3, 2013
I would not be hesitant but I would do some homework as to the company and the work done. Does it come with a lifetime warranty that is transferrable to a new owner and is the company reputable. These are some of the things you want to be aware of. Foundation issues are more common in Texas as was stated so don't let that scare you away.

Hope this helps.

Don Groff | REALTOR® & Mortgage Broker
Austin Real Estate Pros & 360 Lending Group
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 3, 2013
Hi Kiran,

Foundation issues is more common here in Texas due to the soil. Most slab foundation repair offers life time warranty for work has been performed.

I will get an inspector out to give you a second opinion prior to purchase a home. There are also a numbers of foundation companies will come out to give you estimate at no costs.

Please let me know if you need any help. I would be more than happy to represent you and make sure you find a good home.


0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 3, 2013
Is the warranty transferrable to you?
Are you trying to do this without a Realtor?
18 years is nothing for a good house.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 3, 2013
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