Frequently Asked Questions About Foundation Repair
What are common signs that a property has foundation problems?Other signs of foundation problems are:
- Doors and windows in your client's property become harder to open and close at different times of the year.
- Obvious slopes in the floor(s).
- Washed out spots under your client's foundation that leave the foundation exposed are typically bad.
- Brick or mortar cracks,
- Window Separation
- Freezeboard separation
- Sheetrock crack
- Doors sticking
- Separation or cracks in ceiling
- Change in slopes
- Cracks in flooring
What Repair System is right for your property?
Piering is the technique of driving concrete or steel pipe pilings to remedy failing home and building foundations and to correct foundation settlement.
What are some of the causes of foundation problems?
- Inadequate drainage & proper guttering
- Contraction/expansion of clay/soil
- Change in weather conditions: excess heat/sun
- Locations of trees/shrubs roots
I think my client may have foundation problems. Is it serious?
Yes, it is serious! Foundation problems will only get worse over time causing more damage and costing you and your client more time and money! The time to fix your foundation is now while it can still be handled for a reasonable price.
Can I sell a house or property even if it has foundation problems?
Yes... and no. Yes, you can sell your house if it has foundation problems-- as long as the buyer pays cash for the house AND agrees to buy it even with the existing foundation problems.
Typically, the only people that can afford to buy a home with unfixed foundation problems and pay cash for it are investors. An investor usually will NOT give you the price you or your client want for a property, and that will hurt YOUR bottom line.
However, more and more mortgage companies will NOT lend on a house that has foundation problems until they have been fixed. They don't see it as a safe investment for them or for the buyer. MBR Guaranteed Foundation Repairs has a program where you can fund at closing* (or pay when the house is sold.)(*Certain conditions apply.)
Are certain times of the year better than others to fix foundation problems?
No, not really. The best time to fix foundation problems is as soon as possible. In other words... right now!
How long should I wait after having my foundation fixed to make other repairs to a home?
We typically recommend that you wait 30 days after we complete the foundation repairs on your home before beginning any other repairs on your home (sheet rock repair, cracks in walls and brick, windows, doors, room additions, remodeling, paint, or flooring, etc.)
Should a home get remodeled before, or after, fixing the foundation?
First, fix the foundation...then, remodel the home.
What sort of Realtor Services do you offer?
You can read all the Realtor Services related to foundation repair we offer to DFW area realtors here.