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Old 10-31-2009, 11:36 AM
 
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We are considering relocating and looked at a house that we would like to buy. Problem is, there are two areas in the hall/living area that have a dip/bow in them. Wondering how difficult/costly this is to fix? House is built on a raised foundation. Realtor says that footing poured all around the house and every so many feet and that the floor isn't actually a problem. Don't care if it is considered a problem to someone else or not, I would want it fixed if I bought it. Just wondering if someone else might know what would be involved in this situation.
Thanks!
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Old 10-31-2009, 11:59 AM
 
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We are considering relocating and looked at a house that we would like to buy. Problem is, there are two areas in the hall/living area that have a dip/bow in them. Wondering how difficult/costly this is to fix? House is built on a raised foundation. Realtor says that footing poured all around the house and every so many feet and that the floor isn't actually a problem. Don't care if it is considered a problem to someone else or not, I would want it fixed if I bought it. Just wondering if someone else might know what would be involved in this situation.
Thanks!
The realtor said that dips and bows in the floor aren't a problem? Excuse me? He's obviously more concerned about commission than truth!

That said, there's no way of knowing how big a problem this is short of having a home inspection.

I suspect that the builder cheated on the sub-flooring, or it got wet at some point before the house was completely closed in. If it's not the sub-flooring, the problem is likely with the floor joists - and that's an even bigger problem.

I also suspect that if there's a problem in the hallway & living room, there are problems elsewhere.


Any way you cut it, this is probably not going to be a cheap or easy fix.
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Old 10-31-2009, 12:43 PM
 
Location: NC
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you need to jack up the foundation. Older homes have this issue more than newer homes.
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Old 10-31-2009, 01:46 PM
 
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That's what I figured. The house itself isn't spectacular, but the property and amenities are. I guess the only way to know for certain is to have it inspected and go from there. I told them even if it wasn't a major issue that it would drive me crazy every time I walked on it
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Old 10-31-2009, 06:49 PM
 
Location: southwest TN
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Even without the floor being uneven, you should not buy any house without having any inspection done. While the inspection will not give you an estimate of the repair, it will at least give you some insight as to the cause.
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Old 10-31-2009, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Kentucky
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RUN RUN RUN AWAY!!! When we were looking at a house, we saw one that had such a bad foundation, that the disclosure sheet said that they had to have the foundation jacked up and braced and a few new roof trusses put in because they snapped in two. The kitchen was like walking up a slight hill and the counters did not match on level with each other. We ran away and found our dream home that is on a solid concrete slab foundation. The funny part is that the "sinking" house is no more than 2 miles from here and some sucker bought it.
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Old 10-31-2009, 07:55 PM
 
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It's most likely a floor joist problem and it is probably not that hard a job time wise and price wise to fix it if that is something you are worried about.A carpentor can go under the house with a car jack and repair it probably in a days time.
This is assuming it's a one story house.Two story with load bearing walls could be a larger problem to repair
Find a good carpentor and have him inspect it and go from there.
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Old 11-01-2009, 08:17 AM
 
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Actually, it is a two story house, but only one bedroom on the top level. I walked the entire house, and these are the only two spots, and they are in the middle. Thanks!
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Old 11-01-2009, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Ridgewood
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How old is the house and where are the low spots, ie in the middle of the room, next to a wall, next to a bathroom, etc. Are the dips in a bedroom or in the living hall/living area?
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Old 11-01-2009, 04:03 PM
 
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The house is 22 years old. Dips are in a hall/living area pretty much close to the wall, not out in the middle of a room.
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