Does this home have a basement?

  • Question refers to 8713 Morning Pl, Montgomery, AL 36117
  • January 22 2009
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For detailed information, you may wish to contact the listing agent. However, I live in Deer Creek (the subdivision in which this house sits).  The home you are looking has a floor plan without a basement.  One bedroom is on the ground floor and the remaining ones are upstairs.  Most of Montgomery has a clay-based soil (often called prarie soil here) which expands when wet, and contracts significantly when dry.  These volume changes in the soil make it very difficult and expensive (though not impossible) to constuct homes with basements.  As a result, you will find basements in Montgomery a very rare feature -- it is often much cheaper to build up than down.  Thus, almost all homes in this city are built on a slab.  If you are in the market for a home here, you will want to pay close attention to the foundation.  Because of the nature of our soil, a poorly laid foundation can crack, and lead to moderately expensive repairs later.  Things to look for are whether the foundation is a post tension slab (slab is poured under pressure, which enables it to resist cracking should the soil shift).  Also, for your larger homes, you want a 4" slab as an absolute minimum...and if you start looking at bigger homes than this, you should seek out a 6" slab, if you can find one.   I hope this helps. 

John Geis

  • January 23 2009
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