I've had an offer to purchase accepted on a house in Quebec. It is a 4-plex with no basement (not even a crawl space). The foundations are made from stone (it was built in 1910). The outside walls of the semi-basement apartment show some cracks, and some of the windows in that apartment are a bit crooked. But the floors are straight and there does not appear to be any moisture problem inside.
The building inspector could not tell me if there are foundation problems, or what the cost would be to repair them if there are. We've been unable to find a foundation contractor in Montreal to do a more detailed inspection (it appears to be the busy season!).
I have to make a decision on this house in the next few days. Does anyone have any thoughts on the costs associated with repairing settling stone foundations, and whether cracks are even indicative of this? If we don't make repairs, what are the worst problems we could anticipate?
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