You’ve seen the house of your dreams and it’s going for a price you can afford. The only problem is that it has a wet crawl space. Do you let it go? Do you move on in search of another house? Or do you buy the house anyway?
Is it worth the risk?
Many times, homes in need of crawlspace waterproofing sell at lower prices. It can be tempting to rush in and get the deal while it’s hot. However, you must consider the significance of having a damp crawlspace.
- Your home will be prone to growth of mold and mildew. This will affect indoor air quality and give rise to increased allergies, worsened asthma, and other respiratory issues.
- Your home may suffer structural issues in future. It may already have some structural issues resulting from the penetration of moisture in the crawl space.
- Your home will be a nest for pests and insects that like damp and dark spaces for breeding.
- You will have to deal with the cost of crawlspace waterproofing repairs if you want to prevent any of the above listed problems.
It can seem like a lot to deal with. However, you shouldn’t throw in the towel just yet. You should consider how much work is involved in crawlspace waterproofing and the costs of bringing the home’s crawl space up to standard.
Counting the cost
There are several things you will need to consider before determining whether you should buy the property or not. The following tip ought to help you come to a decision.
- Have the property inspected
Have the property inspected by a professional waterproofing contractor. They should tell you what problems there are in the crawl space and how you can resolve them. The inspection should also include other parts of the home. This will ensure that any issues related to the foundation or structure of the home are identified and included in the cost estimate.
- Talk to the seller
Is the current home owner willing to resolve the waterproofing issues before the sale of the home is completed? Some sellers will ask you to do the repairs and deduct the cost of the work from the price of the home. Either way, ensure that you find a solution to the crawl space issues before you sign the dotted line.