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Old 06-25-2011, 04:54 PM   #1
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potential foundation problems?

I am about to put an offer on a home in Atlanta, Ga. The problem is, I found what looked like deep cracks in the slab foundation, one deep on in the garage, a few hairline cracks at the corners of some of the windows, and a very slight, almost imperceptible slope in the living room.

The cracks and slope seem to be limited to the left side of the house. Incidentally, the driveway has a slight slope towards the house and pools at the end in front of the garage. The ground seems kind of boggy and there seems to be a little bit of sinking ground on the left side of the driveway where the water pools the most. The left side has a slight berm that covers a concrete storn drain or something.

Am I being too paranoid or are these serious issues? Otherwise, it's a lot of house for a good price. The seller agreed to have a builder (who doesn't believe the cracks are serious) come in and repair. But if they do that, I can't back out the contract without penalty, I'm sure.
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Old 06-25-2011, 10:26 PM   #2
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Get your own engineer in there to look it over. You want to find the cause of the issue, not a cosmetic fix.
Relying on someone the owner brings in is ludicrous.


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Old 06-25-2011, 10:43 PM   #3
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What worries me is the poor grading issue in front of the garage. That is a no no..

Find a GOOD home inspector.. and NOT Holmes Inspection lol
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Do it right the first time, and get a licensed home inspector who's also a licensed engineer.
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