Welcome to City-Data.com Forum!
U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Texas > Houston
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 08-01-2010, 03:42 PM
 
1,329 posts, read 3,527,588 times
Reputation: 989

Advertisements

Just how common are foundation issues in the Houston area? It's a key question for home buyers because foundation repair is one of the most expensive repairs a home owner can run into.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 08-01-2010, 05:35 PM
 
Location: A little suburb of Houston
3,702 posts, read 18,148,775 times
Reputation: 2090
Fairly common.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-01-2010, 05:52 PM
 
1,329 posts, read 3,527,588 times
Reputation: 989
Quote:
Originally Posted by Poltracker View Post
Fairly common.
If you could assign a number in % terms, what would that number be? Have you heard any dollar numbers for repair costs?

Last edited by Zhang Fei; 08-01-2010 at 06:07 PM..
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-01-2010, 07:43 PM
 
1,042 posts, read 3,247,927 times
Reputation: 332
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zhang Fei View Post
If you could assign a number in % terms, what would that number be? Have you heard any dollar numbers for repair costs?
It all depends on the extent of repair that is needed. Our friends had over $20,000 worth of work done on their home by the builder because of faulty foundation. As far as it it being a fairly common issue I have never heard that. It happens yes and probably more of an issue in older homes. All depends on where the home is situated as far as fault lines and what not. I think homes with foundation issues would be harder to sell but then again if they have already been repaired and comes with a lifetime guarantee on the work then it could make the house more attractive to a buyer. All depends on how you look at it.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-01-2010, 10:25 PM
 
2,628 posts, read 8,793,158 times
Reputation: 2102
I deal with a lot of 50's and 60's era homes and pretty much ALL of them have had to have pier work done at some point. It is extremely common.

I have more experience with this than I care to admit.

Typically foundation repairs can run around $300 a pier from the big companies. Personally I have found Jericho to be one of the better ones at not "over bidding" on repairs. Interior piers vs. exterior piers makes a difference in cost.

There are some small independent guys out there that can do it for a LOT less. I have one I have used personally and have had clients and friends use and so far so good. He was considerably cheaper than the big companies.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-01-2010, 11:21 PM
 
Location: The Greater Houston Metro Area
9,053 posts, read 17,110,096 times
Reputation: 15226
The problem with the smaller companies is that you can get a warranty - but it doesn't do you much good if the company went out of business. Church is better than most - but Jericho is better than Church - IMO - and the most honest.

Frequency depends where you lie on a fault line. There are over 400 fault lines in Houston (only about three big ones) - add that to our soil mix and that's why it is as frequent as it is. I have walked into homes less than 2 years old with severe foundation issues - so it's not just the older homes. In fact, newer homes with problems I would avoid over older homes. Come on, if it's showing up that early - you are dealing with poor construction that will also manifest itself in other ways.

Would I buy an older home with previous foundation repairs with a transferable warranty by Olshan's (incredibily expensive), Church or Jericho? Yes. Just remember, they only cover the area that they previously repaired - not another area.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-02-2010, 04:40 AM
 
Location: A little suburb of Houston
3,702 posts, read 18,148,775 times
Reputation: 2090
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zhang Fei View Post
If you could assign a number in % terms, what would that number be? Have you heard any dollar numbers for repair costs?
Going rate about $300/pier based on the work my brother just had done and work done by the previous owner on my house. That is for perimeter underpinning. I have recently learned the hard way that if the perimeter is not properly underpinned it can cause the center of the house to sink, forming a bowl effect. The estimate to refix my foundation w/ 8 interior piers and new perimeter piers (1/2 of small house w/ 1600 sq ft footprint) is $8000 - $10,000. Luckily situation is stable for now and I can save a few bucks to implement this repair.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-02-2010, 10:33 AM
 
1,042 posts, read 3,247,927 times
Reputation: 332
Quote:
Originally Posted by cheryjohns View Post
The problem with the smaller companies is that you can get a warranty - but it doesn't do you much good if the company went out of business. Church is better than most - but Jericho is better than Church - IMO - and the most honest.

Frequency depends where you lie on a fault line. There are over 400 fault lines in Houston (only about three big ones) - add that to our soil mix and that's why it is as frequent as it is. I have walked into homes less than 2 years old with severe foundation issues - so it's not just the older homes. In fact, newer homes with problems I would avoid over older homes. Come on, if it's showing up that early - you are dealing with poor construction that will also manifest itself in other ways.

Would I buy an older home with previous foundation repairs with a transferable warranty by Olshan's (incredibily expensive), Church or Jericho? Yes. Just remember, they only cover the area that they previously repaired - not another area.
Yes, newer homes with foundation issues are a HUGE red flag! Our friends home was 5 years old and due to the soil not being properly prepped before building. Actually three homes ended up with the builder repairing them and one owner actually had the builder buy back their home because of it. On Hcad it shows them as owning the house for just a year and they lived in it for 5 years.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-03-2010, 11:48 AM
 
1,329 posts, read 3,527,588 times
Reputation: 989
What recourse does one have, if a home inspection fails to detect foundation problems that become apparent shortly after the closing?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-03-2010, 01:04 PM
 
Location: The Greater Houston Metro Area
9,053 posts, read 17,110,096 times
Reputation: 15226
A regular inspector has a disclaimer that he is not a structural engineer licensed to check the foundation. Usually, if he sees evidence, he will suggest you hire that type of inspector (they run about $500) to specifically check for it. An experienced realtor and investor will usually see signs if there loooks to be a problem. If you are worried, hire a structural engineer to check for it. The majority of people forego it if there are no signs.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Settings
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2020 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Texas > Houston
Similar Threads
View detailed profiles of:

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:33 PM.

© 2005-2024, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top