Foundation damage is by far the most expensive risk encountered when purchasing an existing home. The worst-case scenario? The engineering assessment and permits alone for major foundation repair work can easily exceed $20,000 and that doesn’t include any repairs. Repairs, such as driving piles to raise a sunken portion of a house and stitching a cracked slab back together can easily cost $50,000. Possible causes for foundation damage include improperly compacted or expansive soils, poor grading and drainage, sinkholes, and installation errors.
We are working hard to prevent this worst-case scenario from happening to our clients by including a “concrete slab floor level survey” in each of our single family home inspections where houses are built with “slab on grade” foundations. We offer this incredibly valuable service as part of our general home inspection at no extra charge. Structural engineers, charging $550 and up for an initial site visit, perform a similar analysis to collect key data for their reports and repair recommendations. Please note: we are not claiming to be structural engineers but there is some overlap, and we may be able to tell you when hiring one is necessary. Get your concrete slab floor level survey right now from San Diego, Chula Vista CA, El Cajon CA, Mira Mesa CA, Pacific Beach CA, Escondido CA, Poway CA, Carlsbad CA, La Mesa CA, and National City CA!