This was one of our most enjoyable transactions; primarily because of the sellers who were a very delightful couple. He was a retired Atlanta police officer and always had a story to tell when I stopped by. When we were contacted by the owners; they had lived in the home for a number of years. In fact the house still had the 1970’s shag carpet in it; so it was pretty dated.
The home was one of those split foyers, you know the style; you walk in the front door and either go up or down. There wasn’t really anything unique about the home; except that it had a foundation problem. I originally noticed it on my first visit to the home. There was an elevated line that could be seen under the carpet. I knew that it was a slab crack, but did not find out the extent of the problem until after we closed and the sellers moved out.
Once vacant we went in and removed carpet, appliance, appliance counter tops etc… I call this demo-ing a house, but we don’t really tear it down. It was at this time that we realized the slab had settled. A quick call to Mike Quinn, the engineer we work with and we had identified the cause and the solution.
The cause, the slab was pour on non-compacted fill dirt, without steel reinforcement (rebar) and was not poured so that it would be supported by the foundation walls. The solution was to remove approximately one half of the slab on the lower level, dig two five foot deep by three foot wide holes (dead men), install steel reinforcement, and re-pour the slab. It worked beautifully.
After this the rest was easy; roof, new gutter, exterior painting, and a fence to enhance the yard. Additionally we painted the interior, installed new fixtures throughout, installed new appliances, and flooring. Oh yeah, we had to remove the existing front porch and replace it with one that actually was operational.
Van Purser is a licensed real estate broker in Georgia. Since1981 he has successfully purchased and renovated over 400 homes. His expertise is in the area of foreclosures, rehabs and fixer uppers. Additionally, he has represented hundreds of clients over the years as a broker with Metro Brokers, RE/Max and now with his own firm. He and his wife, Jeanne, who is also a broker, have been married since 1977. For follow up on this article you may email Van at VanPurser@VanPurser.com