Buying your first home is a big decision — one that you don’t want to make without doing your due diligence. That’s exactly why getting a foundation inspection is so important. Here in the Midwest, homes are typically built on stone or concrete foundations with basements. That means, the foundation is the structural component on which everything else rests. It also means that if you have a problem with your foundation, you’ll likely have a costly repair on your hands. Instead of being surprised with problems after your purchase, find out ahead of time what’s going on in your new home’s foundation. Get a Chicago foundation inspection from Chicago Metro Home Inspections.
The Importance of Your Home’s Foundation
The foundation of your home is a structural necessity, and if it’s not working properly, the rest of your house gets affected. For this reason, a problem with your home’s foundation is too important to overlook. During a home foundation inspection, your inspector examines the foundation for any signs of damage, including cracks, moisture, mold, termites and other issues. Through an inspection, you find out if there are any structural concerns worth noting.
Some common concerns that might be noted include:
- Cracks in the foundation: While a visible crack doesn’t always signal foundation problems, it can often be a warning sign. An inspector knows how to examine cracks, what to look for as a problem, and when to recommend a structural engineer gets involved.
- Moisture in the basement: Anytime you have moisture in the basement, it’s a concern. Inspectors look for signs of flooding and note signs of mold or mildew in the home.
To ensure you’re aware of foundation problems before making a home purchase, the key is getting a home foundation inspection. Skilled inspectors can professionally evaluate what’s happening with your home’s foundation, so you better know what to expect down the line.
What to Expect From Your Home Inspection
When you work with Chicago Metro Home Inspections, you can rest easy that your inspection involves a thorough examination of every part of your home. In the foundation inspection, we look at the floor-framing system, the under-floor ventilation, foundation anchoring, cripple wall bracing, wood separation from soil and insulation. These components are examined carefully to discover potential problems or concerns. Any problems that are detected get reported to you. While your inspector does not repair these issues, he or she notes and reports them for your benefit.
Schedule Your Inspection
Chicago Metro Home Inspections specializes in providing in-depth, reliable home inspections — including thorough evaluations of homes’ foundations and basements. Backed by more than 25 years in the industry, we have a team of professionals who understand the ins and outs of construction, electrical work, plumbing, air-conditioning, HVAC and other components of a home. When you’re getting ready to purchase a property, let us provide the full-service inspection to ease your concerns and give you peace of mind about your purchase.CONTACT US