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Old 10-01-2006, 07:08 PM   #1
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What does it mean if a foundation on a 200+ year old antique house is noted as inward or outward movement of foundation with some settling/sagging/deflection.

Is this to be expected with such an old house or is this most likely the tell-tale signs of major problems?

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Is the movement recent or did it hapen a hundred years ago? NMI.

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Old 10-01-2006, 09:13 PM   #3
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The seller's for a home we are considering had a consultant do a "home inspection" to assess their property. They have provided us with a copy of the results. The consultant noted those findings but did not ellaborate on paper.

We would obviously have a structural engineer look at the property if we put a bid and it is accepted however if this is a big problem, we would like to save ourselves the cost of hiring a structural engineer and home inspector. The overall condition for the structure/basement was assessed as marginal. (3 ratings were on the form appears fonctional, marginal and defective)
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Not to be rude, but there is nothing anyone on an internet BBS can contribute that would help you to assess this property in a significant way. You will need to have a structural engineer at a minimum, and probably an architect as well as consulting contractors to provide you with enough information to buy the home.
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Old 10-01-2006, 11:25 PM   #5
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we would like to save ourselves the cost of hiring a structural engineer and home inspector. The overall condition for the structure/basement was assessed as marginal. (3 ratings were on the form appears fonctional, marginal and defective)
You should have a contractor look at the problem. An engineer is going to tell you "how" to fix it just like a "contractor" would.

A home inspector will tell you to have "three contractors" look at the problem and come up with a repair with quotes.

I would find three licensed contractors in the foundation business and have them all give you repair options with prices.
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Old 10-02-2006, 06:09 AM   #6
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Thanks for all the answers. Hopefully we can find a couple contractors to give us estimates in MA's hot market. Seems like they are impossible to get a hand on for such ellusive jobs.

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