SFR Fix n Flip concern - need advice

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Hey guys! I am currently in the process of making an offer on a SFR that will some rehab work. The property is not on the market but the seller is willing to sell because he has multiple other properties that he's currently working on. When I pulled up the permits I noticed there was a foundation issue which was repaired by " injecting polyurethane for void fill" by a local foundation repair company. The owner states that the slab the bedroom sits on, had a void that needed to be filled. The void was filled by a reputable foundation repair company and passed inspection. The owner paid $5200 for the job and states that the repair is warrantied by the vendor. I've never had any foundation issues and I am not familiar with this type of work. I would like to know if this is something I should stay away from. Let me know your thoughts. I appreciate the advice in advance.

So long as the company who did the work is licensed and insured, offers the warranty transferable to you and it passed city inspection, that is fine. The only thing I would suggest would be to find out what caused the issue from the beginning and if the solution used was the “best option” or a secondary option.

Other than that, nothing to be worried about based on the info you supplied.

@Zoran Domazet & @Will Barnard - not an expert, but being in Florida (where sink holes are frequent) and seeing "polyurethane to fill a void" (polyurethane being an expanding foam with little load bearing capability) makes me thing that we are not taking about a small crack in the floors/walls due to foundation settling, but something more vicious. Plus "the seller is willing to sell because he has multiple other properties that he's currently working on" - which means he is experienced in rehabbing properties and this one is just trouble he is looking to unload. Caution.

I would also speak to the local building official who reviewed and signed off on the repair. They are usually willing to talk if you inquire. Assuming a reputable company did it and the town is happy with the work I would be ok with it.

@Zoran Domazet

I would not worry about it as long as you find out all the information. I have both major local foundation companies do work for me on some rehabs. The work always comes with a warranty. Depending on what was done it could be a lifetime warranty. If you have any questions or want to talk reach out to me with a message.

Originally posted by @Costin I. :

@Zoran Domazet & @Will Barnard - not an expert, but being in Florida (where sink holes are frequent) and seeing "polyurethane to fill a void" (polyurethane being an expanding foam with little load bearing capability) makes me thing that we are not taking about a small crack in the floors/walls due to foundation settling, but something more vicious. Plus "the seller is willing to sell because he has multiple other properties that he's currently working on" - which means he is experienced in rehabbing properties and this one is just trouble he is looking to unload. Caution.

These are very valid points and the reason I stated above to check in with the city and the foundation repair company to ensure a proper explanation and that the repairs were done first rate and not some secondary solution.

 

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