Perhaps you’ve owned your home for many years, and you’ve noticed something that causes you to have some concerns over the condition of your home’s foundation, or maybe you’ve just found your dream home and are ready to sign on the dotted line, a foundation inspection is absolutely necessary. Here are some of the top reasons why you should schedule yours today.

Home Purchase

If you’re buying a home, you are about to make what is likely to be the biggest investment of your life. There are a lot of risks that go beyond the money that you are investing. The safety of your family could be at risk as well.

When problems are identified during a foundation inspection, it gives you the opportunity to do one or two things. First, you’re able to notify the seller that you are terminating the purchase agreement on basis of an unsatisfactory inspection result that makes you uncomfortable with the deal. You will no longer be obligated to follow through with the purchase and can look somewhere else for your dream home.

The other option that you’ll have would be to present a copy of the inspection report to the seller, along with a list of repairs and corrections that need to be completed prior to the close of the sale, or ask that the price is adjusted accordingly. Although the inspection shouldn’t be considered an automatic right to renegotiate, it does give you a strong position to ask. The seller can refuse both, and then you’ll be left with option 1.

Home Owners

Foundation issues can develop over the years, and often they go unnoticed until they lead to significant damages to the home. Often sagging floors are the first sign noticed by the home owners that indicate a foundation problem. Other problems that sometimes alert homeowners to foundation problems include windows that become difficult to open, doors sticking shut and cracks in the basement.

James Belville, a concrete and foundation specialist, says that there are some indicators that home owners can look for to determine if they need to have a professional inspection.

*Roof Issues.

Although leaky roofs are a problem all on their own, they are also frequently the cause of foundation problems. Problems with the foundation can form because of exposure to water. Even a slow leak can lead to enough water reaching the home’s foundation that it begins to cause it to break down and shift. Some signs that you have a roof problem to look for include: water stains on your walls or ceilings, damaged drywall, and broken or missing shingles.

*Worn Out Walls.

Bulging or cracked walls, or walls that have an uneven appearance, could be a sign of a foundation problem. When you notice minor cracks forming, it may be tempting to assume that the house is just “settling” and that it isn’t important, but bigger problems could be hidden behind the walls. A foundation inspection will not only give you peace of mind, it could save you big money in the long run because you’ll react before the problem gets even worse.

*Utility Problems.

Even a minor shift in the foundation can lead to small water leaks that could cause significant damage to your home or electrical issues that could cause a fire. If you’re experiencing electrical issues, you should schedule an inspection right away to determine the cause. Not only will you save yourself from a possible fire or plumbing disaster, you’ll be able to sleep better at night too.

The longer that foundation problems are left undiscovered, the more damage that can result. If you have any reason at all to suspect that your home has foundation problems, schedule a foundation inspection right away. For the small cost of the inspection, you could save thousands in repair costs by catching the problem early.