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ConstantChange 06-14-2006 10:04 PM

Exterior brick wall has cracks and moves...is this a huge problem?
 
I'm looking at a house to buy and while looking around the exterior I noticed it had two bad places in the brick wall. One of the sections is right next to the back door. You can see how the brick wall has seperated from the house. There is now about a 3/16 to 1/4 inch gab between the door and the brick. When you push on the brick you can see it move in and out.

On the side of the house is an even worse section. The crack starts from the top of the house and goes down about 4 feet in a diagonal direction. You can push on the wall and it seems like about 4 feet of the way moves in and out. The movement is very noticable.

My realtor said it would probably need about 4 to 6 peirs to help lift and support the foundation. The house was built in 1997. Is this a huge deal that I should just walk away from and find another house or is this something that can be corrected? I don't want to fix these two sections of the house just to find another section of the house has the same problem in a year or two.

The house is in Oklahoma. My realtor said this is somewhat common in the area, but I'm not sure I buy that.

Big Dave 06-14-2006 10:47 PM

Your realtor is trying to sell the house also. In the area where we live I see a tv commercial advertising for a company that does just that, put peirs under the foundation and jack it back into place. Personally I would walk away from the house. It sounds to me like a recipe for constant problems.

Dave.

ConstantChange 06-14-2006 11:37 PM

I've seen the commericals as well. I just didn't know if I could get it at a good price if it would be worth it. I'm about 95% sure I'm going to pass on it. I don't mind comestic problems, but structural problems start to scare me.

Brickie 06-16-2006 10:09 AM

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Originally Posted by ConstantChange
I've seen the commericals as well. I just didn't know if I could get it at a good price if it would be worth it. I'm about 95% sure I'm going to pass on it. I don't mind comestic problems, but structural problems start to scare me.

I would recommend walking away. It seems someone cut some major corners with the masonry work. The realtor doesn't know what they are talking about. Save your money. The piers will not take care of the problem.


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