What if you were going to buy a home and notice the floors seem a bit sloping or uneven?
A. Extra charm at no additional expense (the owner’s perspective)
B. A structurally-unsound home (the inexperienced home inspector’s perspective)
C. An ability to hose down your dining room floor (the practical homeowner’s perspective)
Sloped floors are common in older homes, and even in homes 15 to 30 years old.
Sloping floors are most often caused by normal and acceptable deflection (bend) in the wood joists which comprise the floor structure. There is usually not a problem that needs repair.
Sloping and wavy wooden flooring along with uneven walls in the house can be due to any number of reasons ranging from minor settling of a home’s foundation that requires minor repairs, to major breeches of a home’s structural integrity that can result in extremely severe problems.
For homes on slab foundation, crawl space, or basement, wavy and uneven flooring should be a red flag to the buyer. But how does a buyer know if there is a problem that needs addressing before purchasing.
Brackett Foundation offers buyers an inspection service. We will inspect the foundation, give you a report with options, and help you make an educated decision about moving forward with the contract or terminating.