My wife and I are in the process of purchasing our first home. It is 8 years old. We have found one that we like, but I am a little hesitant about going through for two reasons.
- The foundation seems to have risen up or sank a little in the living room area of the house. This is noticed because the tile is slightly uneven along the grout line.
- There is a slight crack in the sheetrock above the sliding glass door in the same room.
We had the house inspected and they gave it the ok and said it was a result of settling and clay in the soil Still a little worried we had the house inspected by an engineer who gave us a a report that said there was no structural concerns or issues.
Here are excerpts from the engineer's report:
2.1 Floors (Structural) The Engineer performed a thorough investigation of the foundation and the floor structure. While the finished floor surface was not completely level and the floor displayed evidence of some movement [the floor was raised and sloped away from the area at which the floor was slightly raised], the structural system which created the floor and the foundation systems was intact and fully functional on the day of the investigation. As mentioned an area of the finished floor system displayed a slight raise which made the floor slightly uneven; however the raise was not significant and did not create any type of structural defect. In the event the future occupants of the home would like a floor free of the slight raise which existed on the day of the investigation the floor structure could be restored to be free of this slight raised area. Again it is important to note the area at which the floor structure was raised exhibited only a slight raise and the raised floor did not create any structural defect [other than the esthetic nature of the slight raise in the floor there was nothing wrong with the structural system of the foundation or the floor]. Any correction would only be because the future occupants of the home desired a completely level floor structure.
2.4 Ceilings (Structural) The Engineer performed a thorough investigation of the attic area and the structural members which make up the ceiling structural system. While the gypsum board on the ceiling structure showed evidence of movement at one time [the sheetrock was cracked at an area other than the joint at which the two sheets of gypsum board met], the structural system which created the ceiling and roof structures was intact and fully functional without any defects on the day of the investigation. As mentioned an area of the finished drywall system displayed a crack in the ceiling however the crack was not significant and was not a result of any structural defect. In the event the future occupants of the home would like a ceiling free of cracks this area of the ceiling could be restored to be free of this small crack. Again it is important to note this small crackin the finished drywall system should not be a cause for concern [other than the esthetic nature of the crack there was nothing wrong with the structural system of the ceiling].
The house we are looking at is in Yuma, Arizona, in the Barkley Ranch neighborhood. We are concerned that their could have been structural problems and may turn out to be serious or costly in the future.
I guess my questions is would any of you have any hesitancy in buying the house even after the engineers report?