I am considering the purchase of a house on the south shore of Long
Island (New York State). I think homes in this area were built on
It's a split level house with 4 levels - ground level (garage, den,
bedroom, bath) , 2 additional levels above ground level, and a
basement one level down.
The 2 upper levels seem nice and straight with no noticable signs on
The 2 lower levels have both settled and/or sunk.
On ground level, the garage floor is cracked and buckled upwards in
The den and bedroom (behind the garage) both slope towards the side of
The basement is severely sloping to one side (I think it's sloping in
the opposite direction of the ground level, towards the other side of
the house). I'm not sure if the floor is cracked - I didn't notice
anything but there's lots of stuff on the floor).
I asked the owner about it. He lives there since 1972 (the house was
built in 1959). He finished the basement when he moved in and the
settling has happened since. He said the foundation is fine because
the upper 2 levels are straight. He thinks the concrete slabs sunk
because the piles under them settled.
So here's my question: Is this something that can be repaired with
some kind of reasonable assurance that it won't sink again? If I gut
the basement and pour a new floor, how do I know it won't sink again
if the owner is right about the piles and they're not fixed?
Or should I just forgot this house a and run the other way?