What causes Cracks in Crown Molding?

What causes Cracks in Crown Molding?

Are these cracks in crown molding being caused by foundation movement?

Many foundation repair contractor salesman will point to crown moldings and say that wood casing cracks and separations indicate foundation movement or floor sag and that structural repairs are needed. There is nothing farther from the truth. So, why do cracks and separations appear in crown moldings?

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A Brick Veneer Crack Tragedy: A True Story

Folks, I had to share this true story.  I feel so bad for this young lady.

Here are her words:

woman-with-beneer-cracks-in-her-house"I bought the house in 2011 with my husband (at the time), we divorced in 2012.  I lived in it for a little while and was thinking about putting it up for sale when some family friends asked if they could rent it from me.  I rented to them for about a year, then they moved out, and it was on the market for about 6 months with no offers.  I switched Realtors and got an offer within two months.  You know the rest...home inspection revealed a brick veneer crack, my Realtor called in a foundation repair company who made a visual inspection and recommended $8K worth of repairs. I was hoping my structural warranty would cover it so I wouldn't have to pay out of pocket, but the warranty company hired you to perform a floor level survey, which revealed there is no structural foundation failure or issue and pointed out that there were no interior drywall cracks opposite the brick veneer crack.  The buyers said they were ok with the new assessment and just wanted the brick repaired, then four days before closing

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Why Get A Home Inspection?

Real Estate is usually the largest investment you will ever make, yet many people do so without knowing the condition of the property they are purchasing.prelisting-inpection

That’s why a professional property inspection is such a valuable investment.  An analysis of the property, conducted by a specially trained and completely objective inspector can identify safety issues, non-functioning systems or damaged building components.

Having this information before you purchase, sell, repair or remodel, can return many dividends, both financially and emotionally.

roof-top-to-foundation-home-inspectionWhether you are buying, selling, building or staying in the property you own, a property inspection just makes good sense!  Understanding the condition of the systems and components of a building are critical when it comes to purchase, repair and maintenance decisions.

A professional property inspection is an impartial, third party, visual, non-destructive evaluation of the systems and physical structure of a home, from the roof to the foundation. home inspectionsHaving a home inspection is similar to getting a physical checkup.  If a problem or symptom is discovered, the inspector may recommend further evaluation.  A home inspection is not a warranty or insurance policy, but a method to assist you in understanding the condition of a home.

The first step in enhancing the comfort level of your Real Estate transaction is to schedule your inspection as early as possible.