Fix Cracks Before Selling Your Home

Selling your home? Do you have cracks in your foundation?

Obviously, you want to get the largest return on your investment. Perhaps you’ve spent thousands of dollars in renovations and countless hours of your hard work.

What could derail your goal of selling your home for its highest value? What could create complications in the selling process?

Foundation issues are one of the biggest roadblocks in maximizing your home’s sale price and having the sale go smoothly.

What can you do before you put your house on the market?

1)  Look around your foundation walls and floors for cracks

  • Examine outside and inside thoroughly
  • If you have a finished basement, you may notice them only on the interior

2)  Evaluate the cracks you find

  • How many are there? Where are they located?
  • Are they mostly vertical or horizontal?
  • How wide are they? Is one side of the crack higher than the other?
  • Horizontal cracks, diagonal cracks, cracks wider than 1/4″, and cracks with one side higher than the other, or displaced, raise structural concerns

3)  Look for signs of water damage or moisture entry

  • Wet carpets, damaged walls, and floors
  • Efflorescence(white mineral deposits) on the walls inside

4)  Get a free estimate from a reputable foundation repair company

Fixing cracks before putting your home on the market has many advantages:

  • Cracks will always come up on any home inspection. A home inspector may wonder what else is unresolved and become more zealous in looking for other issues.

  • A potential buyer(especially a first-time one) may walk away from a sale when cracks are revealed. They may not know the difference between a harmless settlement crack and a dangerous structural one.

  • Trying to fix cracks during the sales process adds a stress and time element. During busy seasons, it may weeks before a foundation repair company can get to them.

  • Getting cracks fixed before selling also avoids you having to cut your price in order for the buyer to fix them on his own.

  • A buyer’s home loan is also more likely to get approved if you can provide documentation that foundation issues have been resolved.

Even if you are not planning on selling your home in the near future, fixing cracks in your foundation sooner rather than later is wise. Cracks can get wider over time and become structural issues. Cracks can also allow water, moisture, insects, and radon to enter a home and cause costly damages and health concerns.

Repairing cracks now gives a homeowner peace of mind. Once foundation issues are resolved, you can move on to finishing a basement, adding a deck or patio, or installing new windows without worries of them being adversely affected.

At Crack-X, we have 25 years of experience in repairing foundation cracks. We offer free estimates and our crack repairs include a 10 year, transferable warranty.

Need help? Call us at 978-687-4195

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