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  1. How do you determine when the house was built?

  2. How much is the ground required to slope away from a house?

  3. What causes stair-step cracks in a block or brick wall?

  4. Why is the concrete window sill cracking?

  5. What causes a horizontal crack in a block or brick wall?

  6. How can I tell if a diagonal crack in drywall at the corner of a window or door indicates a structural problem?

  7. Does a recent termite company inspection sticker mean there are no termites?

  8. What are the warning signs of a dangerous deck?

  9. I’m buying a ‘50s modern house with a “gravel” roof. Is it going to be a problem?

  10. How much of a roof truss can I cut out to make a storage platform in the attic?

  11. How can I tell if cracks in the garage floor are a problem or not?

  12. There’s cracks running along the home’s concrete tie beam. What’s wrong?

  13. What can you tell me about buying a house with structural problems? It’s priced cheap!

  14. Should I buy a fixer-upper?

  15. What causes cracks in a driveway?

  16. How much can I cut out of a floor joist?

  17. We looked at the house carefully, and it seems alright. Do we really need a home inspection?

  18. Should a home inspection scare you?

  19. What should I look for when buying a “flipper” house?

  20. How can a tree damage my house?

  21. The house has asbestos siding. What should I do?

  22. There’s an old fuel oil tank underground in the yard. Is it a problem?

  23. What are the most common problems with older houses?

  24. What do I need to know about buying a 1950s house?

  25. What are the warning signs of a dangerous attic pull-down ladder?

  26. Why are there score line grooves in the concrete floor of the garage?

  27. What are the common problems of different types of house foundations?

  28. What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1970’s house?

  29. What is a “continuous load path”?

  30. Is painted bathroom tile acceptable?

  31. Is a ridge board/beam required for a roof framed with rafters?

  32. What should I do about a tree with roots running under my house?

  33. Should I be suspicious about a concrete block house covered with siding?

  34. How do I recognize structural problems in a retaining wall?

  35. Should I buy a house with a crawl space?

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We want you to be an informed homebuyer, and each blog post is a question that we have answered for our friends and customers over the years. Hope they help you make a good choice for your next home.

   Any of these indications do not automatically mean there is a sinkhole developing on your property. The slumping of an area of ground around or under a house can be caused by other unrelated issues such as roof rainwater runoff concentrated in a small area, decay of large underground roots from a removed tree or land-clearing debris that was buried when the house was built, leaking water pipes or drain pipes, a leaking swimming pool, or an underlying  layer of clay soil. But any indication of a significant change in the ground surface or multiple signs that are more subtle warrant further evaluation by a qualified professional.

   To learn more about sinkholes, see our other blog posts:

  1. How can homebuyers protect themselves against buying a home over a sinkhole?

  2. What causes sinkholes?

  3. What is my chance of buying a Gainesville home over a sinkhole?

  4. What is a chimney sinkhole?

While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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