Husband and I fell in love with a house, but as we’ve progressed with the process we’ve found more and more issues. The house has been empty for years (roughly 4-5) and we can’t tell if these cracks are damage from the house being left to the elements for so long or something worse. Our inspection is tomorrow, but just to be on the safe side I thought we would ask for some extra opinions. (Thankfully, we can still get out of it but I truly LOVE this house and it would take a fair bit for me to back out. If it’s something we can live with for a year or two while we work on fixing it up, I can do that.)
Do you think these cracks could mostly be a combination of the house settling and being left to the elements (no residents for years, everything was let go) or signs of a bigger issue? I did not measure any of these cracks but some are fairly significant. My realtor was thinking the plugs in the concrete were from termite treatments but now that I’m reading more I wonder if it could be something with addressing possible foundation issues. We’re in southern New Jersey if it helps.
You can see pictures of pretty much all the cracks we’ve found here.
EDITED TO ADD: The home was built in 1977, so aged 40 years. It has been empty since possibly as early as 2012/2013.
Thanks so much for ANY insight you can give!