Hello, Im new to the forums and new to home buying. My husband and I have been looking at purchasing an older home. It has many new upgrades, and has great potential with some remodeling. However I am concerned about the foundation. The family room is leaning to the left, it feels almost like the whole room is going left. The flooring leading into the very small yet long kitchen is slightly lifted...that seems to be more of a flooring issue though. The kitchen itself has a slope to the left, if you drop a ball or any liquid on the floor is rolls to the left of the kitchen. Also upstairs(converted attic) the loft which is on the left side of the house, also seems a bit uneven, but not horrible. The shingled awning over the entrance/porch is also uneven and going left.
Now here is my question. I have been told by the realtor papers(MLS papers) that the slab is stone, but the seller says concrete. The seller also said he had the foundation checked, and was told it was okay, its just the house has settled a lot on one side. How do I know what the slab is made of? There is a crawl space too. But my 7yr old cant even fit through the tiny door.
I have hired a structual engineer for a free inspection and estimate. He will be out on Monday. What questions are important to ask? Most of the houses we have looked at in our state and area have flooring issues bowing/sloping, so a lot of foundation issues from what we can tell. Even most of the newer homes have started having issues after the 3 yr mark.
Now, the breezeway(mud room) and 3 car garage are all level and even, those are at least 6 years old if not older and have no sloping or bowing issues, all the problems seems to be in one area which is the left side of the home. I have absolutely no idea what im getting into with an issue like this, besides possible being out 20k for repair. Any information and advice are greatly appreciated. Im young, have 4 children and have never owned a home, so all of this is all very new to me. My husband has owned one home before, but never encountered any issue, besides a flea infestation lol.