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    Default Visible cracks in walls; should we go through with an inspection?

    My husband and I are looking for our first home and recently put one under contract. When we did the intial walk through of the home, there were some visible cracks (like lightning bolts) on some of the walls & ceilings. We did a second walk through and noticed much more of this going on, as well as some parts of the home where the ceiling has seperated from the original crown molding on the home. The house is a 1950's ranch on pier & biem, so some movement is to be expected. However, we are scheduled to have an inspection early next week and do not want to waste the $ if this will just turn out to be a serious issue. Has anyone ever dealt with this before and if so, is it serious or probably a none-issue? Thanks for your help in advance!

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    Default Re: Visible cracks in walls; should we go through with an inspection?

    If you really like the house , see if the seller will pay for a structural engineer to do a survey and furnish a written report .
    That's what we did . Now , if we ever decide to sell , we can put the buyers at ease with the documentation .

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    Default Re: Visible cracks in walls; should we go through with an inspection?

    we are scheduled to have an inspection early next week and do not want to waste the $ if this will just turn out to be a serious issue.
    It's really never a waste of $$$ for an inspection ... how else would you know if it is or isn't a serious issue.
    It can't be confirmed from over the internet what structural issues there may or may not be.

    Besides ... having a good experienced , professional home inspector will also be looking at other components like plumbing , electrical , roof , foundation , structural , etc..


    Just a thought.

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    Exclamation Re: Visible cracks in walls; should we go through with an inspection?

    djohns post has a good idea - having a structural engineer check the structure, but this expence is usualy done after the inspector does his job - it is much more expensive..
    There are many things to look at - location of property on site, is it sloped, does it have expansive soil, are the post and piers properly installed, are the beams sagging, is there any cracks at the foundation etc. All this and much more should be looked at by your inspector.
    It does sound like some settlement going on.

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