Neighbors @ TOH
I recently bought the house that my parents owned. It needs a major overhaul if not a complete Rebuild from Foundation up.
There have been 2 additions since the house was built in 1949. It's the Additions Foundations, I believe that are root of the Problem that this house has. I don't believe they are deep enough. The ground here is Black Land Clay. In the summer the ground dries up and it seems as the foundations sink. My Parents had the Foundations repaired some years ago, however, there are very large cracks in the Drywall.
The Sliding glass door has a very large opening at the top when the weather is dry.
I am not sure if its the Foundation or the wood framing. The same thing happening to my Front door.
I am going to be ReDesigning the house in the up coming months to make it Energy Efficent. But before starting any work, I need to konw where to start. I figure on getting somekind of inspection done. Who should I contact? How much should the inspection cost me? I do not have a lot of money, so I am very budget minded.
I Would be very greatfull for any Advice or Oppinions that TOH or its members can give me.