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Should a Foundation Crack be Fixed Before Listing a House? – Boston, MA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, August 04, 2016

We get this question every once in awhile, or we get a seller who wants to save some money until after they sell the house. What happens is, people can love a house, they go downstairs, see a crack in the foundation wall and run to the next house because they are afraid of the crack and they don’t want any problems even though the crack can be repaired with a full warranty that is transferable to the new homeowner.

Now, if they don’t run from the house. The next person to enter will be the home inspector. As we know, not all home inspectors have a great bedside manner. Some will see the foundation crack and draw negative attention to it and scare the buyer. But it’s not only the home inspector. The buyer will see it and interpret it as a bad thing.

After the home inspector, the next person coming in is the appraiser for the bank. Now, if the appraiser notes on the form that there is a crack in the foundation wall, the underwriter who is underwriting the mortgage is going to want a structural engineer to come look at it. They get paid for their time. It’s going to cost as much for a structural engineer to come out as it will to fix the crack. If you don’t do this you have to go through the entire listing and showing process all over again.

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