Concerned about your foundation?
Did you know it is estimated by an experienced Texas Professional Engineer that nearly ALL of the foundation repairs performed in Texas were never necessary? Talk to a homeowner in Houston, San Antonio, or Dallas, and they either know someone who has had "repairs" completed on their foundation or they have themselves. In West Texas, this is just beginning to become a bigger business, kind of like sewer drain line replacements were a few years ago and still are today. Foundation repair companies are cropping up here and there, looking to get their hands on big money, & in the process discouraging home owners and scaring off home buyers!
So what's a realtor, home buyer, or home owner to do?
Call a professional.
Double C Home Inspections is now offering Engineering Level Foundation Evaluations with all of our other services! This means you can provide your seller or buyer (or both) with the peace of mind that comes with an experienced, licensed professional to provide a complete, thorough evaluation of the foundation elevations at the home in question.
There are numerous ways this could help with the home transaction process:
New Construction Home: this is ideal for a "Benchmark Evaluation", establishing where the foundation is today. This will tell everyone else in the future where the foundation was on this date. No ifs, ands, or butts!
Existing home: This is where we can really help! Have the foundation evaluated and know before it ever gets to the point of calling in the repair guy!
Did you know? Most foundation repair contractors are not licensed, not certified, sometimes not even well trained? BEWARE!
Have you ever contacted a repair company for an evaluation before?
Did they say, " There are cracks all over the brick on the outside of the home, this foundation needs repairing!"
Actually - (Per The Structural Committee of The Foundation Performance Association) - This is most often caused by thermal expansion behind the brick (Not a foundation problem!)
Did they say, "The floor is definitely out of level, needs repairing!"
Actually - the foundation was most likely installed out of level (Not a foundation problem!)
Did they say, "Doors are not closing correctly or are swinging open/closed on their own. Foundation needs repairing!
Actually - The doors or door frame are most likely installed incorrectly (Not a foundation problem!)
Did they say, "These cracked floor tiles are a problem. Foundation needs repairing!
Actually - Floor tile cracks are almost never related to foundation defects. They are floor defects (Not a foundation problem!)
These are a small sample of the real answers provided by structural engineers to problems that don't exist!
So, how does a foundation evaluation from Double C Home Inspections work?
You can book your inspection @ www.doublecinspection.com and select foundation evaluation along with any other optional service you might need, (like a termite inspection, etc.)
You can call, text, or email us and let us know you want this service added to the inspection
Once the inspection is completed and report is ready, you'll receive the foundation evaluation survey report with any other reports you've requested. Simple!
We're excited to offer this new, and in high demand service to West Texas!
Below you'll find a helpful tool I've created based on my experience inspecting homes in West Texas over the past 6 years. Whether your home is in Littlefield, Lubbock or Lamesa; Midland, Odessa, Monahans, or Muleshoe: This graph rings true based on the age of the homes I have inspected; 3000+ homes and counting! Please keep in mind that this information can vary. Feel free to download the graph, print, and share with others!