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Old 04-03-2014, 07:40 AM
 
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We had begun searching for a home several years ago and all the homes we found within our price range in the Southwest/Manitou area all had structural/foundation problems. We are currently interested in a home in Skyway built in the 1950's, but this home also has structural problems and is on a slope (concerns about flooding). There have been foundation repairs to the home several years ago--but we would still have to bring in an engineer for a full assessment.

Being that I don't know much about the real estate market, how big of a concern if this for this area? We know D-12 and Skyway is a solid neighborhood with lots of older home, and many of them probably having similar structural problems. We are open to other neighborhoods, but have lived in the Cheyenne Canyon area for the last 4 years and really love it. Do the benefits of living in a great, solid neighborhood outweigh the risks?
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Old 04-03-2014, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Black Forest, CO
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Structural issues can be devastating or minor, or somewhere in between. Do have a structural engineer look at any places your are thinking about and they will be able to advise about the severity of the issue.
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Old 04-03-2014, 09:06 AM
 
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I remember a few years back the Gazette had a huge story about houses built in the foothills here that had major issues w/ expanding soils in this area and a lot of houses had to be moved or fixed which was VERY expensive. Skyway and the area near I25/Fillmore was mentioned.

I think the city assisted some homeowners but that was years ago. This may help:

SIDE STREETS: Before rushing to rebuild, test for geohazards
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