DIY Home Improvement, Remodeling & Repair Forum > DIY Home Improvement > Framing and Foundation > Buying a house - sagging wall?




Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 02-15-2008, 01:58 PM  
michelle28
Junior Member
registry_dropdown_5704_16090
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 1
Default Buying a house - sagging wall?

Thanks for all the input! We decided against buying the house due to the problems.



Last edited by michelle28; 03-12-2008 at 09:39 AM.
michelle28 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2008, 03:15 PM  
inspectorD
Housebroken
HRT_ADMIN.png
 
inspectorD's Avatar
registry_dropdown_391_16093
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Litchfield, CT
Posts: 4,243
Liked 180 Times on 151 Posts
Likes Given: 450

Default Ewww

It doesn't look good. Looks like there may have been some water damage ....get away, or get a home inspection.
You will not know the extent of the damage without someone opening it up for further evaluation. If the owners do not agree, you will be wasting your money on an inspection.


__________________
Just My
Made in the
inspectorD is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2008, 03:50 PM  
mudmixer
Contractor
 
mudmixer's Avatar
registry_dropdown_2039_16095
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 620
Liked 55 Times on 45 Posts
Likes Given: 45

Default

Do not ask a typical home inpector that does pre-purchase inspections.

The distress is so obvious that he will tell you to contact a structural engineer that will require some demolition to find out what is there in order to make a reliable recommendation. You need a real professional opinion because there could be multiple problems.

You have to be in love with the house to spend the money to find out what is really worth and what it might cost to be put in good condition.
mudmixer is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2008, 03:59 PM  
glennjanie
Senior Member
registry_dropdown_630_16097
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 2,990
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts

Send a message via AIM to glennjanie
Default

Welcome Michelle:
I agree with InspectorD, you need a complete home inspection. There is a possibility of other damage that is not so appearant.
If we just look at the date of construction; the norm at that time was to build on piers and sills. Your pictures show a sinking pier or a weakening sill which could be jacked up and repaired fairly simply. It also looks like there may be a heat duct running through the room which could affect the plaster some.
The sagging is definately structural damage, please have it checked out.
Glenn
glennjanie is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2008, 04:05 PM  
BLZBUB
Junior Member
registry_dropdown_5602_16098
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 14
Default whoa

99.9% sure that's a structural problem. There's definitely water infiltration to the point it has rotted the framing in the corner. I've seen it before, and it's not easy to fix. 10 to 1 that the roof has shifted one way or the other to follow the sagging framing. By the way, when I reframed the house this happened to, we had to tear off the entire second floor and build from scratch. It was worth it for me because I did the work myself after we bought the house for 55k in Chicago. Still, the remodel cost another 50k. If you're not a professional carpenter, run away.


BLZBUB is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter DIY Home Repair Forum Replies Last Post
Looking at buying a flat roof house mikeb33 Roofing and Siding 9 05-13-2009 09:37 AM
Buying Arts/Crafts with cripple wall buckle wattscroft Framing and Foundation 3 07-29-2008 10:23 AM
BIG retaining wall is on its way out mjordant Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 5 05-11-2008 05:10 PM
Replace Cripple Wall to Raise Foundation? casey_wa Framing and Foundation 2 09-10-2007 08:04 PM
Patch repair a spring house wall? jlawrence42 Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 4 06-18-2007 08:30 PM

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS