My husband and I are in the process of buying a house. We had the home inspection yesterday.
The house in question was built around 1950.
It is a brick house, 1200 square feet.
The home inspector brought to our attention a problem in the crawl space. While there was no standing water in the area at the time- apparently there had been some significant water there before as the ducts for the heating and cooling are rusted and have holes in them. (As a result the young lady renting the house has been paying $200 a month for utilities as she has been heating and cooling the crawl space.)
The house has been in a state of neglect for at least the last 2 and half years. The gutters were over flowing with debris and the soffits have some water damage as a result of overflowing gutters. Also, no efforts seem to have been made to help the water to drain away from the house. They have a small portable sump pump, but I don't believe the renter has bothered with using it. One more bit of information is that the neighbor next door said that her house and this house in question are lower than the surrounding houses.
What we want to know is if this is reason enough to walk away from the house. Can a problem like this be solved with grading to the lawn, maintenance of clean gutters, and a sump pump?
My husbands uncles all seem very alarmed at this issue and have my husband about convinced to walk away... but I'm not ready to give up yet. This house is about 50 years old and the inspector said the foundation looks really good. How is it possible that the house has been there 50 years and has a solid foundation- if it has an unsolvable problem? Couldn't the problems with the ducts be related to neglect rather than a water problem that can't be solved?
Any advice would be appreciated!!
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