8625 Argyll Road Edmonton 780-760-4900

Basement and Foundation Home Buyers Inspection Guide

Basement and Foundation
Home Buyers Inspection Guide


If you don’t insist on a basement inspection, you’re relying on the seller to disclose everything that’s wrong with the house. This is risky because some sellers just won’t do it, while others genuinely might not be aware. Here’s what a good inspection can do for you:

  • Gives you confidence that you understand the true condition of the home you’re considering.
  • Lets you make allowance for upgrades in your offer.
  • Increases the flexibility of the seller as he may need to factor in the upgrade costs.
  • Provides full disclosure at the time of sale, increasing the odds of a fair buy.
  • Lets you control the negotiation because you know the true value of the home.

Having an impartial expert like Shield Foundation Repair come in and evaluate the basement is the best way to get an honest, informed opinion from a respected and credible third party.

If the home is older than 30 years, it’s worth taking a closer look to spot telltale clues you may want to call Shield for a thorough inspection. Keep an eye out for:

  • Condition of weeping tile connected to the sewer
  • Windows below grade
  • Condition of raised or sunken entrances
  • Negative sloping ground to the foundation
  • Driveways running parallel and next to the house
  • Vertical cracks close to the house corners (8”-10”)
  • Main beam protruding from foundation walls
  • Short foundation walls
  • Wood foundations
  • Heaving basement floor

Foundation repairs can be expensive and should either be factored into your offer or addressed as a condition of sale. The more you know, the more confident you can be that you bought well.

With over 35 years of experience, the experts at Shield Foundation Repair can give you the knowledge you need to make sure your dream home isn’t hiding any nightmares. Call us today.

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8625 Argyll Rd NW, Edmonton, Alberta
Phone: 780-760-4900
Fax: 780-760-4901
Email: info@shieldfoundationrepair.ca