fixing wetness from the outside?
I'm closing on a 60 year old home soon. The first order of business is to do whatever it takes to make the basement as dry as possible *without* the use of dehumidifiers or sump pumps.
My idea is to get a foundation/structural engineer or other expert to give advice on what can be done *from the outside of the home* to ensure that water has no reason to enter the basement.
Obviously, I'm expecting that we'll need to have the area around my house sculpted along with a french drain type solution.
Am I on the right track here?
Should I contact a fancy pants engineer or would a basement/foundation company be sufficient?
Before I do anything else with the house, I'd like to start with a good foundation-basement.
(also, what did people do with their basements before dehumidifiers?)