Your Thoughts on Homes that have had Foundation Work

Asked by Michael Brownstead, Allen, TX Thu Jul 26, 2012

Hello All, Real Estate Professionals and General Public! I would like to get a feel for how all of you feel about homes that have had previous foundation repairs made; your thoughts and concerns would be greatly appreciated!

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Cathy Browne, Agent, Plano, TX
Thu Apr 10, 2014
As long as there is a transferrable warranty from a reputable Foundation company, it should be ok. In Texas, there is a saying "If it hasn't cracked, it will". So due to our soil, a lot of homes have had work done.
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Michael Brow…, Agent, Allen, TX
Fri Jul 27, 2012
Hello All,

I really appreciate everyone taking the time to chime-in and present your thoughts. I agree, the key is to ensure the work was done by a reputable foundation repair company and to ensure the warranty is transferable. I have also found that some companies may charge a transfer fee and the warranty may need to be transferred with x amount of days after closing.

Once again, thank you for your feedback.
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Dwipal Mendi…, Agent, Plano, TX
Wed Aug 27, 2014
Foundation issue for Texas soil is normal after certain years.. if you get lifetime warranty and those warranty to new buyers are transferable then i think it should be ok to buy house which had foundation work done.
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Bruce Lynn, Agent, Coppell, TX
Tue Aug 26, 2014
I think they are almost never 100% fixed. There are almost always weak spots.

Repair with a warranty helps, but is often not 100% solution.
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Scott Johnson, Agent, Richardson, TX
Mon Aug 25, 2014
Great Question!

We are not afraid to show properties that have had foundation work done. We always want to know who did the work, what the warranty covers and if the warranty is transferable. We also like to know what the seller has done to maintain the moisture level in the soil around the home after the foundation work was done.

After doing the research, the buyer will ultimately be the decision maker about whether they are comfortable purchasing the property.

If you have any other questions, feel free to contact me at any of the links below,

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amylogan588, Home Buyer, Smarr, GA
Wed Aug 20, 2014
When buying a home that is not brand new it is extremely important to look at the history of that home. There could be many problems with it that are not actually visible, one of which can be foundation work. You must make sure that the house has not had any unstable or poor foundation work done or else you could be pay some very large bills to have your home replaced!

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Hunt Holdrid…, Other Pro, Dallas, TX
Mon Jul 30, 2012
I've noticed some good deals - simply because buyers dodge these. I always get the engineers report for the foundation repair and have them come back out and remeasure using the same datum point. Having this on a diagram helps buyers for visual aid. Plumbing is always an issue with foundation improvements. Having a hydrostatic leak slab test is highly recommended to make sure the pipes aren't dismantled.


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Linda Lorenzo, Agent, McKinney, TX
Thu Jul 26, 2012
Personally I think if an older home has had foundation repair that is the home you would want to buy as long as it comes with a lifetime warranty.
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Thu Jul 26, 2012

Like any other general repair depends on the extent of the problem, the knowledge level of the trades person, and quality of materials used to correct the issue.

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Dallas Texas, Agent, Dallas, TN
Thu Jul 26, 2012
Many factors come into play each property stands alone. Main concern does warranty tranfer.

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Sherry Renfr…, Agent, Frisco, TX
Thu Jul 26, 2012
Hi Michael-

As a native Texan and having grown up in Richardson, it's not unusual anymore to see many of the older homes with foundation repairs. Our clay soil is really crappy and the constant shifting and moving runs havoc on many foundations. Not to mention all the rock areas as well. I'm even seeing this on homes at 10 years of age as well.

I first look to see who did the repair, what type of adjustments were made, are they still around, how long have they been here, do they still warranty the work, etc.

My parents still live in Richardson in the same home and had foundation repair completed in 1970. In 1990 they came out and made adjustments. In 2001 they redid the type of lift system to make it even better and allow for less repeat adjustments. Since 2001, no shifting has occurred and the home is fine.

It's the reputation of the company that I look for and determine if my buyers would get good service is something in the future happened and the foundation piers needed adjusting again. There are just so many homes in the North Dallas area that have had foundation repairs that it does't seem as much as a red flag anymore.

Hope this helps!

Sherry Renfroe
Ebby Haliday Realtors
1415 Legacy Drive, Suite 100
Frisco, TX 75034
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Dixon Wong, Agent, Dallas, TX
Thu Jul 26, 2012
Its so common in Texas with our soil. 8 out of 10 homes were previously repaired. I am not sure if clients would have a choice on that as far as while they are shopping for homes. The only thing I always makes sure it was done by a reputable company and the warranty is transferable with ownership.

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Shirley Cheng, Agent, San Jose, CA
Thu Jul 26, 2012
Most of my clients are okay with it as long as someone else had paid for it and it was done recently.
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Thu Jul 26, 2012
The foundation problems were likely caused by improper drainage or owner neglecting to water.
Either way... A few piers doesn't fix the problem.
You should team up with a foundation guy and have them explain to you all of the ins/outs so you can recognize problems yourself.
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Andrea Brooks, Agent, Plano, TX
Thu Jul 26, 2012
well it's definitely an issue most of us have had to face professionally and personally - particularly in these hot, dry conditions. Since it's inevitable for most homes I like to point out to clients that someone else paid for that costly repair instead of them!

Andrea Brooks
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