What You Need to Know About Wall Cracks BEFORE Selling a Home

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 by Katerina Hladikova

Whether you are a realtor or a homeowner trying to sell or buy a new home, there are things that need to be addressed. Ignoring important issues can negatively affect resale value of the home. No one wants to buy a home that has a leaky basement or foundation issues.

There are several signs to look for when evaluating the resale value of a home. Cracks in the walls are a sign that the foundation of the home is settling. This also means that water can now enter the basement through these cracks. Bowing walls are another concern, not only should you worry about water getting through the walls, but now you also have to worry about the structural stability of the home.

There are three stages of wall movement:

At stage one, there is a high chance of bringing the wall to its original state. 


At stage two, depending on each individual case, the wall may have to be replaced, or stabilized. 

At stage three, the wall will most likely have to be replaced.

If the basement walls are bowing in and/or have cracks, you will either have to prevent further damage, or replace the walls depending on how advanced the damage is.

PowerBraces are a great way to prevent any further bowing of walls, they can be tightened throughout the year in order to straighten the wall completely.

If you are unable to determine the true condition of the home you are trying to sell, call Midwest Basement Systems for a free inspection and estimate.  We will be able to tell you whether there are any issues, and how much it would cost to repair them. Call us at 1-800-731-0869.

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Des Moines, IA 50313
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