Of all problems to have with a home, foundation problems are probably the least desirable and the source of a home owner’s greatest frustration. The root cause of foundation problems is difficult to identify. Correcting foundation problems is both costly and disruptive to a home owner’s quality of life. Also, there are few problems that instinctively drive potential buyers away (and sale price down) than foundation problems.
As we all know, San Francisco is always at risk for earthquakes. Through the years many small earthquakes and a few large ones have shaken the foundation of many buildings. As such, buyers are highly encouraged to carefully examine the existing foundation quality of any home under consideration for purchase. Sellers are encouraged to fix any known foundation problems promptly before a small problem becomes a big one (often with one quick shake).