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I am buying a property which is a duplex with the bottom unit half below the ground level. the property was built in 1901. I am worried about if this is a big issue for fixing it up to resell? and what structural or other issues I need to aware of? I am will be only doing the painting work on this investment property I am buying.

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Some refer to those as 'garden apartments'---what you need to look for is foundation problems--drainage issues---


Do you have a contractor/foundation specialist that can look at it for you?

Look for water damage---or signs that recent repairs might be hiding water problems.

Buy yourself a pin type moisture meter and check for high moisture around the base boards-

--Mike----
 

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I can't see the foundation from inside, it's covered with Sheetrocks. I might need to hire a structural engineer for inspection?
 

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I am buying a property which is a duplex with the bottom unit half below the ground level. the property was built in 1901. I am worried about if this is a big issue for fixing it up to resell? and what structural or other issues I need to aware of? I am will be only doing the painting work on this investment property I am buying.

thanks in advance.
Well first..... check out if that part of the house started out @ grade or not.....
 

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Well first..... check out if that part of the house started out @ grade or not.....
How do we know if the house started out with grade or not?
Sorry Irry... that was a dumb joke..... Probably best to hire a good inspector.... any home built in 1900 will have numerous considerations to address. The mere fact that a home has a garden level in it may/may not have material considerations.
 
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