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Anxioustobuy, Home Buyer in Boston, MA

I see this crawl space in many listings and I do not understand it. Is there a foundation uder the house and?

Asked by Anxioustobuy, Boston, MA Wed Apr 15, 2009

how does the crawl space affect the foundation? What is the pros and cons of a house with a crawl space?

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pros of a crawl space could include that access below floors is available for plumbing, wiring, ducts etc. Sometimes the space is quite small though. Homes built on slabs will have no space under the concrete floor so while the ductwork could be incased in the concrete they arent readily accessible. Foundations can be pilings as mentioned but usually are either poured concrete, block or stone and extend below the frost line. (In Boston it is deeper than warmer climates)
It is cheapest to go with slab, then crawl space then basement. Basement may allow future space for expansion and are common in my market. Out west or in areas of high water tables they are less common. (expense is related to costs of excavating, water proofing, radon remediation...)
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Crawl spaces are in lieu of a basement...they are a space under the home that allows access to pipes, electrical, etc. Sometimes crawl spaces have a dirt "floor", others are cement. It depended on the builder.

The foundation are the pilings and walls that hold up the house...the crawl space is the open area in between the foundation. Hope that makes sense. You can Google "Parts of a house" and look at diagrams.
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