Question I am looking to buy a house built in 1986 however is has an off set crack and over 1/4 inch on exterior wall. also the floor type is tile and cracked in spots. There are small gaps between walls and floor.
Should I get a structural engineer to look at it?
Answer Hi Larry, whenever we make a major purchase like a house it is always better to be safe than sorry. Cracks in walls and flooring and gaps under walls could be indicative of settlement in the foundation or shifting ground. Because of the cold weather your part of the country experiences in the winter, heaving frozen soil can have a disruptive effect on building foundations. I would have the structure checked out by a professional. He can determine if the cracks etc. are common and part of the homes natural settling conditions or if there is something more serious going on. Looking at how the windows and doors fit in their openings is another good indicator. Sincerely Bruce Johnson..bejohnsonconsulting.com
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