I recently bought a small home in the Monterey area. There was noticeable irregularity in the levelness of the flooring. Prior to purchase, the home inspection
mentioned the floor irregularity, but in a rather cursory way.
The only thing called out as a section 1 item to address was the beetle and termite infestation of the decking.
I have now demo'd out one of the decks and have gone under the house to take a closer look regarding the settling and irregularity of the flooring. The foundation consists of a perimeter concrete foundation with pier posts on pier blocks throughout the body of the house. I noticed that there are a handful of posts that are loose or not even making contact, a couple with a 2-3 inch space between the bottom of the pier and the block.
Additionally, a contractor
friend pointed out that the house was originally built (40 years ago) on soil that has dramatically settled. He mentioned that today there would probably have to be caisons installed prior to building the house. We found that there is about a 5 inch difference in height from the front of the house to the back of the house.
My questions is: Do I have any legal recourse with the home inspector in mitigating the foundation deficiencies since, other than mentioning that there were irregularities in the flooring, there was no mention about any deficiencies in the foundation.