Hello folks, I am hoping for some second opinions here. I apologize in advance for the poor photos. All the basement lights are nonfunctioning, windows are boarded, and everything is painted the same color. There are exterior vertical cracks at both front corners. The front foundation wall is bowed inward approximately 6 inches. The entire length of the front wall is bowed evenly toward the center (40 feet wall). There is a horizontal crack in the center of the wall 2 feet above the floor. There are step cracks that have approximately 1 inch of lateral movement that have been repaired. There is obvious efflorescence that has been painted and visible water intrusion. I have already sent the report and recommended a foundation contractor or engineer evaluate.
The seller is now claiming a tree caused the bow and cracks and that tree has been removed. The buyer wants my opinion on it. My thoughts are hydrostatic pressure or soil pressure caused the damage, not a tree, even though the home is only 1-2 feet lower than the top of the hill it is on.
The home is 55 feet from a one lane gravel county road. There used to be a driveway running at an angle past the house down to a large barn in the lower right hand corner of the property. The soil is clay. There hasn’t been a tree in the front yard back to 2010 on the google earth images. Prior to that the images are too blurry.