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looking at buying 2 yr old stucco townhouse but on front corner

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looking at buying 2 yr old stucco townhouse but on front corner garage of entry way to front door the stucco is cracked from the stone accent (up about 3 ft high from foundation).
this crack goes from top of stone accent up the wall to soffit. the stone (approx. 1 1/2" x 3") are broke in to from top of accent all way down to foundaton , which is approx 3 ft high. these broken stones arein a line that are broke.

any suggestions on finding the cause? water or stress?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Home Improvement
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 2 years ago.

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Expert:  Machinc replied 2 years ago.
You should not purchase this property without having the seller provide you with a letter from a structural engineer certifying the crack is not caused by structural damage.
That said unless you are buying the property as a " fixer upper "
You should look elsewhere. Whatever the cause of the crack this is a situation that could not only
Cost a great deal to repair but under some circumstances could make this
Property unsaleable .
Customer: replied 2 years ago.


I ASK THIS QUESTION 8-24 AND DIDN'T GET ANSWER TILL TONITE


AND I HAD TO HAVE DECISION THIS AM. NOW I'M OUT DOWN $1500 for binder. sorry but just answer justtook to long.

Customer: replied 2 years ago.


I'm waiting for futher info.

Expert:  Machinc replied 2 years ago.

You should not be obligated to forfeit your deposit. The crack is a major issue
and is more than reason enough to back out of the sale.
If you still want to purchase the Town Home the seller has the obligation to research the cause of the crack and submit a report to you from a licensed builder or a structural engineer..
Once you are satisfied with the results you can proceed with the sale with a reduction in selling price to match the cost of repairs or the seller can make the necessary repairs at their expense..
The deposit would have to be returned to you if you are not satisfied with the results and the sale canceled.
Deposits are made with the belief that the property has no hidden or major defects. As you did not know the cause or the extent of the defects, and the owner did not disclose them to you, the deposit was not accepted in good faith and must be returned if you do not want to purchase the property.

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Category: Home Improvement
Satisfied Customers: 766
Experience: Has written home improvement articles since 2008. Earned South Carolina Residential Builders License in 1991.
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