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Old 11-20-2007, 01:30 PM
 
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We found a home that we really love, however the current owner has disclosed previous foundation repair. Our realtor told us that this is very common in Texas and there's an old saying that "if the house hasn't had foundation work, it will need foundation work". She also went on to say that it was a good thing that it has already been taken care of. We were also told that the foundation repair comes with a lifetime transferrable warranty. The house is listed at a below average price for the area at $72.19 per square foot.

Is there something I'm missing here? Is it safe to assume that once the foundation has been repaired, it's repaired for good?

We were thinking of installing a pool in the backyard... could this make things even worse?
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Old 11-20-2007, 01:54 PM
 
Location: A little suburb of Houston
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Can't comment on the pool issue but I have to conditionally agree with the foundation repair. It is not unusual if the house is 30 to 50 years or older that the foundation has been repaired. I would suspect poor construction if it occurred in a newer home. It is important to know when the foundation was repaired and hire an engineer to inspect it before purchase to make sure the repair was done correctly and no further shifting has occurred. My 1950's home has had the foundation repaired and I have experienced no further problems.
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Old 11-20-2007, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Clear Lake, Houston TX
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Houston is on a lot of active faults. They creep over time, and your foundation takes the brunt of it.

A lot of these foundation co's like Olshan offer lifetime transferrable warranties. Just because it's fixed doesn't mean it won't happen again. I'd expect a problem every 20-25 years just to be on the safe side.
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