Foundation Problems to watch for when searching for a new home.

Foundation Problems to watch for when searching for a new home.

Many home buyers are rightfully concerned about the condition of the foundation on their pending investment. Whether caused by mechanical defects, or by ‘mother nature’, Foundation Problems are something to watch for when searching for a new home.

One of the big problems that we have here in the desert is a condition known as ‘expansive soil’.
This is where there are veins or layers of a clay known as ‘expansive soil’, that is very reactive to moisture.  With the addition of some water, like during a monsoon rainstorm, this expansive soil can swell to many times it original volume. Then, during a span of very hot and dry conditions, this soil will then shrink again to its original volume, or maybe a little less. These changes can have an adverse effect on foundations, sidewalks, driveways, pools, etc.

I have prepared a video showing some of the more severe settling effects on a property that would raise a red flag on its condition.  In a case such as this, a certified foundation inspector should probably be hired to check things out.

Foundation Problems. What to watch for when searching for a new home.

Rich

Termites. What to watch for when searching for a new home.

Termites. What to watch for when searching for a new home.

I have found over the years that many buyers are not aware of the termite conditions here in the valley.  A large percentage of the out of state buyers and a good number of in the area buyers are not fully knowledgeable on termites here in the desert.
In the Valley of the Sun, the termites are the subterranean variety, meaning that they live underground and emerge from their habitat to find food (wood). This is the reason to know about Termites and what to watch for when searching for a new home.

Termites in a home
Here is a video where I am showing some signs that there are termites in a property. This is useful for both the buyer, and a current homeowner, as the property needs to be properly treated to stop and prevent infestation.

There is an old saying here in the valley that says:

‘There are two kinds of homes in the valley, those with termites and those that will get termites’.

In essence, this means that since termites live everywhere in the desert area, the best thing is preventative treatment.

When a home is built, the soil beneath the foundation and the slabs are heavily treated with chemicals to keep out the termites.  However, over time and with a host of environmental conditions, the treatment can wear out.  This is where a maintenance program with periodic checking and re-treatment will keep these little buggers out!  A good investment for the buck to protect your property.

Termites. What to watch for when searching for a new home.

Rich