How important is it to have a good home inspector? Do you want someone who will the issues and recommend what you need to do, or do you want someone to just list the issues and overlook their importance. On my inspection yesterday we found these cracks in the wall. this was on an apparent addition to the home. This house was inspected a few weeks ago and there was no mention of these cracks or the possible remedy for them. There has been definite movement to the wall. This is something that needs to be deferred out to a structural engineer. They will need to come out and assess the situation to decide what type of repair is needed. They may be able to pump hydraulic cement under the foundation to stabilize the soil for about $5000.00 or they may decide that the house needs to have helical pins installed, which will cost about $15000.00, or more, depending on how many pins are needed.
When I mentioned these cracks at the end of the inspection to m client, the realtor was there. He immediately started to argue with me that they were only minor settlement cracks. I asked him if he would put that in wiring and he said no. Well, my observations and recommendations will be put in writing.
Posted by Bill Siegel Florida Home Inspection Team Inc