Should You Have a Foundation Inspection When Buying a Home?

Should you have a foundation inspection before buying a home? This question comes up over and over and over again.

The simple answer is to consider the two largest costs when it comes to fixing a home: buying a new roof and foundation repair. So, yes, you should have a foundation inspection completed before purchasing a home.

Average Foundation Repair Cost 

Foundation Repair cost varies greatly and is dependent upon underpinning repair type (push pierhelical piermudjackingpolyurethane deep injectionstabilization, and/or lift) with an average national cost of $24,000 to $60,000.

The real estate market is hot – piping hot. It’s the best of times. It’s the worst of times. Now is the time to buy, now is the time to sell. Check out our article: Sell Your Home with Foundation Issues (2 Options).

If you have money burning a hole in your pocket and you’re ready for a new home, Dalinghaus Construction has you covered for a foundation inspection.

Many homeowners hire home inspectors to look for flaws, potential problems in a residence before closing escrow. Home inspections typically cost anywhere between $500 – $1,000 and cover:

  • Home Interiors: electrical system, plumbing system, heating, air conditioning, appliances, and chimneys.

Many times, the home inspector flies through the property and glosses over a variety of issues, such as termites, wood rot, electrical issues, and so on. When a problem is big enough to notice and proves an area of concern, they often suggest having a “________” Specialist take a look at the issue.

That’s where we come in. Dalinghaus Construction Inc. is the John Wick of Foundation Repair. Our specialists are highly trained, vetted, and up to date on /cutting-edge foundation repair technologies.

Check out our Ultimate Foundation Repair Guide.

When a home inspector points out potential foundation issues, it is imperative that the potential buyer call a foundation repair company – like us.

We receive multiple calls a month for real estate inspections throughout Southern California and Arizona. We charge $750 for real estate inspections.

If you own the home and the home is not on the market, we charge a bigfat zero.

Spending $750 for a real estate inspection could save you big bucks down the road. Buying a home with a busted foundation, particularly if you didn’t budget for a repair, is not advisable.

*Note – If you’re planning on buying a home with a busted foundation, do not pay full price. A failed foundation can detract anywhere from 10% to 20% of a home’s total value. If a home is worth $350,000, then you should only pay around $280,000 – that’s a $70k difference.

We’ve been in the foundation repair business for over ten years (with a combined total of over 100 years of experience). We’ve seen it all.

We’ve had several situations where a homeowner chose to forgo a foundation inspection and a few years later they had to drop $25,000 to fix their settling foundation.

The moral of the story: spend $750 now, potentially save $25,000 later.

If you really must have the home, we also offer proposals before you purchase the home, outlining the scope of work and price tag it’d cost to repair the foundation.

Either route, it is imperative to have an expert inspect the home before you purchase to prevent future perils. 

We have several repeat clients: a home improvement reality TV show that flips homes (yes, you may have heard of HGTV’s Flip or Flop – that’s the one) and investors that look specifically for homes with foundation problems.

Many individuals are afraid to purchase a home with foundation problems, but these clients have seen time and time again what Dalinghaus can do, and they can usually negotiate a good price for the homes.

Plus, we offer a lifetime warranty on all steel pier systems that are transferable upon the sale of the home or inheritance.

Choose Dalinghaus for Your Foundation Repair Needs

Article key takeaways –

·       Do have a foundation inspector check out your possible new home’s foundation (it could save you a cool 25k)

·       Don’t pay full price for a home with foundation problems

·       It is possible and profitable to flip homes that require foundation repair

·       Trust the Dalinghaus warranty

Here at Dalinghaus Construction, Inc.: we respect your time. We tailor-fit your foundation repair plan to meet your unique needs.

Dalinghaus Construction Inc. can help you fix your sinking foundation once and for all with helical pierpush pier, and polyurethane underpinning

We do foundation underpinning and retaining wall repair the right way. With over 100 years of combined experience and 4.9 stars out of over 300 reviews – we are here to ensure that you never settle

If you live in SoCal or Arizona and would like a FREE crack inspection, click the link below –


Brian Dalinghaus

Brian is one of the Co-Founders of Dalinghaus Construction. He has been in the foundation repair industry since 2005. During his career, he has been associated with helping over 4,000 homes and structures throughout California and Arizona.

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