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    Default Drooping Floors

    Hello, and thank you for your time answering my question. I am looking at buying a building near where I live, and the building itself is very old. I would guess late 1800's to early 1900's. I have noticed inside the building that the plaster walls have cracked in a few areas of the home, and the center of the building in all apartments are sagging. I am worried that there is some kind of problem with support or the infrastracture of the building itself. Is it a crack in the foundation I cannot see? Is it just gravity on the support beams? Is it fixable without spending more than the building is worth? Last but certainly not least, is it safe for tenants to live in? Thank you again for your time.

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    Default Re: Drooping Floors

    dusty .... unfortunately there's no way of telling over the internet what conditions exist.
    Although .. based on your descriptions you definately should have a structural engineer evaluate the building as well have the mechanicals ( plumbing , electrical , HVAC , etc. ) evaluated.... especially if you are entertaining renting spaces to tenants.
    Sounds like there will be big $$$ being put in .... may even be a total gut and renovation.

    Hope this helps.
    "" an ounce of perception -- a pound of obscure "
    - Rush

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    Default Re: Drooping Floors

    Yeah - everything Canuk said (he's a very smart fella!).
    And get a termite and other pest inspection, too.

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    Default Re: Drooping Floors

    Quote Originally Posted by Marjorie View Post
    And get a termite and other pest inspection, too.
    Yeah ...
    like Marjorie said ( she's one smart lady )
    Last edited by canuk; 09-04-2008 at 10:47 PM. Reason: Ok ... so I can't spell
    "" an ounce of perception -- a pound of obscure "
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