Welcome back, Mythbusters!
With so many people moving to Texas from other states, we understand that what you see on a seller’s disclosure in Texas may be a bit different than what you are used to. Our unique weather and landscape pose different challenges for home owners than other regions, and this is often reflected in how your home is maintained. One area that can often cause concerns for buyers is a home’s foundation. Here’s the myth:
The Myth: “If a home has had its foundation repaired, it’s no good.”
We get it — seeing foundation repairs on a seller’s disclosure can stick out like a sore thumb. The reality is that here in Texas, our clay-based soil expands and contracts more than in other parts of the country, causing your foundation to move.
While we recommend that homeowners conduct proper foundation maintenance such as maintaining consistent moisture levels and grading the soil around your home, even the most meticulous home owners can find themselves in need of foundation repair.
If you find a home you love and discover that it has had its foundation repaired, rather than immediately ruling it out we recommend having a structural engineer come out to inspect the foundation during your option period. You may find that the foundation is in good shape, or that any additional needed repairs are covered under the warranty from the previous work that was done.
Regardless of the ultimate decision you make, our goal is to make sure you don’t miss out on a home you love and feel comfortable when you arrive at the closing table.
More mythbusting to come!
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