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Structural Engineer vs Foundation Company

Real Estate Agent with The Dream Connectors

One of the most frusterating things that I encounter as a REALTOR(R) has to do with inspections and foundation issues.  In Texas, especially in North Texas, we have expansive clay soil.  It is not uncommon for an inspector to write up on an inspection report to get a second opinion on the foundation.  What do most people do?

Of course, they call a foundation company!  How do foundation companies make their money?  I know, by selling foundations.  Why is it that foundation companies offer free quotes?

As a REALTOR(R), I encourage my clients to invest the money (about $225) to get a structural engineer to come look at the property.  There have been several times that a foundation company has reccommended $4,000 of foundation work, but when the structural engineer comes out they say the absolute worst thing to do would be to adjust the foundation.

So, I am left with a quote from my favorite structural engineer "A foundation is like a man...if it hasn't done anything for the past 30 years, it is not about to start!" 

Donna Harris
Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com - Austin, TX
Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator

That's interesting that you're having that experience because when I was in Dallas, I had 2 great foundation people I could always count on, and they very rarely wanted to put piers under a home. They were very honest people and there was no point in putting piers under a home that was going to cause more issues later, especially all the cosmetics to the interior.

Jul 06, 2009 10:06 AM
Bridget Cella
Re/Max Connection - Sewell, NJ
e-Pro, Realtor

Love that quote - I am looking for a good structural engineer in NJ.  Hope I find one.

Sep 08, 2009 03:16 AM