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Old 06-26-2012, 09:49 PM
 
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Smile Land in Cedar hill

Hi everyone,

My family and I would love to buy or build a home in Cedar Hill within the Lake ridge area. However we are repeatedly told the land in Lake ridge are bad and a few people are having foundation issues. Does anyone have facts regarding the land in Lake ridge? I would appreciate your help.

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Old 06-27-2012, 06:45 AM
 
Location: Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
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Hi everyone,

My family and I would love to buy or build a home in Cedar Hill within the Lake ridge area. However we are repeatedly told the land in Lake ridge are bad and a few people are having foundation issues. Does anyone have facts regarding the land in Lake ridge? I would appreciate your help.

Hello slid,

The majority of the DFW area is prone to foundation movements due to the expansive clay soils here. There are pockets of sandy loam soil as well as other better conditions such as bedrock close to the surface. There are high dollar, custom built homes here with extensive foundation designs meant to help prevent movement that still move. It is an unfortunate fact of home ownership here. I would not let this prevent you from buying or building here just be vigilant and perform all of your needed due diligence to make sure you don't buy or build a future problem.

One of the potential sources of information is the USDA Soil Data Mart WEB page at Soil Data Mart - Home. . This can provide maps of the area you're interested in to display soil conditions there. Also since you are near Joe Pool Lake you should check any flood boundaries using the FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Map system at FEMA: Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs). Make sure you check the local and county sites/offices to make sure they have no requests in to FEMA to change the maps as well.

Unfortunately there are no real repositories of information regarding what areas have how many foundation type problems. You can always call the Cedar Hill Building Department and see if they have any special foundation design requirements in their area to preclude foundation problems. The Cedar Hill site is Cedar Hill, TX - Official Website - Building Inspections. More than likely they will tell you only that it must be an Engineered foundation plan and they approve each on a case by case basis. But while there ask if they require a permit for foundation repairs. If so ask if they do receive a lot of foundation repair permit applications? That might provide some information about the frequency of foundation problems in the area.

Beyond that for an existing home make sure you have it inspected very well and if new construction then have proper phase inspections performed. Many potential issues can be found/prevented that way.
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Old 06-27-2012, 11:04 AM
 
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Thank you for taking the time out to respond. I will definitely take your advise and do my research!
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Old 08-05-2012, 08:59 AM
 
Location: DFW
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Hi everyone,

My family and I would love to buy or build a home in Cedar Hill within the Lake ridge area. However we are repeatedly told the land in Lake ridge are bad and a few people are having foundation issues. Does anyone have facts regarding the land in Lake ridge? I would appreciate your help.
I'd also add to what escanlan said in that you can't generalize across a large swath of land like Lake Ridge. When you go under contract, have both an inspector and a foundation expert take a look. A good inspector should be able to spot a possible foundation issue though maybe wouldn't be able to diagnose the exact cause.
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