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Regarding Foundation Repair done to the basement for a new house. Is it safe?

Is it safe to buy a house (under construction) to undergo foundation repair (reinforcing) ? During builder inspection they noticed cracks in the basement slab, and they found out it should be repaired. Repair costs will be taken care of the builder, once it is finished it is available for move in. I believe the county approval still is pending until the repair construction is over. Can some one suggest what to do before move in?
  • July 19 2013 - Chanhassen
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I agree with everyone else have a structural engineer look at it, because no a regular home inspector would not be able to do something this specialized. It is absolutely not normal for new construction to go through foundation repairs, but as long as it is fixed correctly I don't see any side effects at all. Things happen and this should not deter you from moving forward with the home, but since I have no clue who the builder is I may suggest making sure you get everything else inspected as well. 

I live in a world where worst case scenarios play out every day. My only concern is if they screwed up the foundation is there anything else that went wrong with the construction. 
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I agree with the replies above, hire a structural professional, Home inspectors usually do not have the knowledge to determine foundation problems.....We put an offer in on a HUD home this past winter and the inspector threw up some redflags about the structure of the home and we had a structural inspector to come out and they said it would cost $16K to put piers under the home to lift it back to where it was supposed to be.....To make a long story short, we found her another home the next day....She was a little disappointed at first but was happy in the end (with a clear mind too).

Now that being said, if she would of  installed the piers the house would of been fine which someone else ended up doing because the house was a great deal and they could absorb the $16K and come out ok.
Hire a pro if the home has had structural problems in the past!
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They say it has to do with a minor settlement that has affected the bsmt slab, and the framing on the one side of the home. Also the builder has 10 years structural warranty and 2 years mechanical.
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They will anyway fix it, but the issue is will the home inspector would be able to help to determine whether it is temporary fix or a long term solution? Also one more qn,  Is it common for a new house construction to undergo foundation repairs? And what are the side effects after repair. Please share. THanks
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Hire a structural engineer to look at it.
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I would hire your own foundation inspector to take a look and give you an assessment.
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