Tips from MV Realty: 6 structural considerations when buying a house

Buying A House is an exciting experience to follow. You are visiting and visiting some beautiful houses and check them on your list until you stumble through the good. However, while exploring your options, you must remember one thing: structural considerations.

By checking the structural considerations and the design of architectural engineering, you can identify a minor problem capable of transforming into a large and potentially dangerous one. Therefore, it is crucial to study the foundation of the property.

Continue reading to learn more about the six real estate structural considerations you should beware of before buying a house:

1. Cracked Or Bulging Walls And Ceiling

Cracks on the walls can be quite common. All are all indicative of serious structural damage. However, you should always keep an eye on these cracks. Over time, small cracks can easily impose themselves on larger.

Cracks measuring less than 1/8 inch thick are known as stress cracks. These cracks are not dangerous, but 1/4 inches wide and larger cracks are dangerous. For example, vertical cracks on concrete walls that widen up or down can be a sign that the wall is weak.

After determining the size of the cracks, examine their position. If you find long horizontal cracks in areas where ceilings and partition walls are upstairs, the house has roofing ground problems. Roof lattice problems will allow ceilings to break the walls. You should also pay attention to large cracks that are associated with collapsible ceilings and cracks over the doors. On the other hand, you do not have to worry about small cracks on doors or windows of their safety.

Some of the main types of cracks include:

  • Cracks in one of the foundation walls;
  • Interior cracks, like those of plaster;
  • External cracks, such as those of the bricks and the rendering of the exterior walls

If you are not sure cracks that you see or are not able to identify hazardous cracks, you can enjoy the services of a structural design.

2. Misaligned Doors And Windows

Misaligned and Doors windows refer to those who do not stick well, do not close, as well as they used, or those who can not be opened well. Normally, the remedy for these types of doors and windows is having them fixed. But even after repair, they remain misconceived. If that is the case, then the problem is found in the building and the structure of the home.

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Some common indicators of misaligned doors and windows include:

  • Doors and windows that are difficult to open.
  • A leaking home when it rains

Once you have determined that the doors and the misaligned windows are a structural problem, you must install helical piers. The helical pliers screw in-depth to any stable ground area to strengthen the base of the property.

3. Damaged Flooring

As you inspect the house, examine all corners, including the floor. Check the condition of the floor tables by removing any carpet, carpets or floors that you find. A problem with floor tables, such as floors of rot, is indicative of a serious problem. For example, floors that rot, soft and smelly can be caused by a broken tube. Wet floor tables can also be a sign of pest infestation.

Another serious problem is the coronation of floors, which have protuberances. Usually, they are close to water sources or in places with high humidity. These floor tables draw water from the top, swelling in the middle.

Although the cracking floors may seem harmless, they can also be a serious problem. Floor tables that are too loose lack support, so they eventually collapse.

Other problems of wood floors that should be taken into account are:

Abnormal gaps: Particularly those who are too large and irregular.

Buckling: What happens when the floor tables are exposed to a lot of humidity.

Excessive wear and tear: It can be a sign that the floors were installed too fast.

4. Asbestos

Asbestos which is one of the higher structural issues can be a thing of the past since strict construction measures and standards have been established. However, if you are buying a house that is at least 20 to 30 years, the risk of asbestos is high.

Many years ago, asbestos was used as part of construction structures to serve as a fire safety barrier and isolation. Nowadays, asbestos is frowned upon and seen as a structural defect.

However, the most pressing concern that surrounds the presence of asbestos in the structure of a house is the fact that it is a dangerous mineral that poses serious risks to respiratory health.

To identify asbestos during the visit and inspection of your home, consider the following signs:

  • An attic that is made of insulation materials that suspicion became between the 1920s and 80s.
  • Ceilings that have different and aged properties in the form of ceiling spray tiles
  • A fire-resistant window putty that apparently is made of asbestos.

5. Soil Pulling Away From The House Walls

During the study of the courtyard and exteriors of the property, do not just do the garden tour. Also, check the sides of the walls and the founding of the house, so you can be on the lookout for the ground away from the sides. It is an important consideration when buying a house.

When the foundation is properly arranged and there is no structural damage at home, the ground surrounding the house is supposed to adhere to the perimeter of the house. If this is not the case, it means that the foundation of the house has been inappropriate or too quickly.

6. Molds

Finally, the presence of mussels in the house is both concern of health and structures. The black mould around the ceiling corner or on the plinth of the soil can mean the presence of a more important structural problem. A problem is a water and moisture that affirms through the foundation of the house, making it lower and unfit.

These warning panels will help you detect mould infestation:

  • Ceilings or indoor walls discoloured or coloured with water
  • Ceilings or exterior walls discoloured or coloured with water
  • Walls, floors, window edges filled with standing or condensed water


Although the purchase of a house is both an enriching and exciting experience, it can be difficult since you will need to consider not only the location and aesthetics but also the structure. You can always consult a structural engineer for residential homes, so you will be sure that the house you plan to buy has a solid foundation.